“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”-Rumi

Early morning sunrise on the beach.

Early morning sunrise on the beach.

I started the blog with the sunrise instead of ending the post with yet another sunset (I am just rarely awake to see the sunrise…). Yes, the quote of the day, by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, or Rumi, summed up my day at work today, and so looking at this photo and thinking about my next blog…I am having more wine! Simple.

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Tonight’s bottle is one of my go-to everyday drinking bottles: Altos de Luzon, pictured here. When I suspect I won’t be drinking an entire bottle, I have a few tricks including the use of an aerator to pour the wine through it to aerate and “open” it, especially if I’m not going to decant it. Then, I swirl the wine in the glass for a minute, let it sit for about 10 minutes more, and give it plenty of airspace above the pour in the glass. Who knows, maybe I will finish it tonight.

Regardless, this lovely Spanish blend of Monastrell, Tempranilla, and Cabernet Saugivnon grapes (2009) from the Jumilla region of Spain benefits from a bit of opening up, but after that, delicious! This bottle is an easy find at $15/bottle, and has a deep, inky, garnet purple color. The fruit meets the nose, and the smooth finish reminds me of a camp fire in the woods. Spices, cocoa and plums round out the complexity of this lovely and smooth Spanish red.

Now that I have my wine, I can reenter the world.


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