A Special Day, A Special Bottle

One of my good friends turned 81 today.  Ron’s children live in far away cities, so in many ways over the years, I have become a surrogate sibling. A role that I am happy to take on.

Alicia and I had him over for dinner tonight and on Saturday, when I was visiting him, Ron  pointed me to a few bottles of wine in his “cellar” and suggested I pick one for our dinner.

I am the antithesis of a wine snob. If I pay more than $11 for a bottle, I feel cheated and like I should have looked for a less expensive bottle.

The bottle itself

The bottle itself

Classically dusty and old looking, I knew that the bottles I was looking at all were all a  little more than $11.00.

The bottle I selected, with his approving nod, had so many names on it I’m not sure which ones to include.

I selected  a 1964 Chateau L’ Arrossee, Grand Cru Classe, Saint Emilion, Light Bordeaux Wine.

I don’t even want to begin to describe the wine as those who are serious about describing wine would be be offended by my naiveté.

The fifty-one year old bottle reminded me, a “big red” drinker,  of a sherry, but that was only in the start.   It went well with our steaks and I was surpised how well it held up over the years.

The birthday boy gives his approval

The birthday boy gives his approval

The best part was that a friend shared this bottle, valued at over $400.00 with Alicia and I on his birthday.

What a treat and what a memory.

Any of my readers who are wine enthusiasts care to comment on what we shared tonight?


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to A Special Day, A Special Bottle

  1. Kurt Harden says:

    Cutting through a bunch of crap I could find on that wine, you drank the French equivalent of one of Jefferson’s favorite wines – a very stable blend of grapes (which is probably why it stood up so well). Jefferson called his blend a Meritage. Damned good wines. My two cents. What a treat for you. . .and with steaks no less.

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