It’s My Birthday and I’ll Wine If I Want To

The birthday girl!!

The birthday girl!!

Yesterday, I celebrated my 31st birthday!! It’s amazing how time flies when you’re living life and drinking wine. #justtolivethisherelifestyle

Thirty was a crazy year for me. It was filled with endless mistakes and lots of frustration. So, as my 31st year approached, I really wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to spend it. All I knew was that I desperately needed a break and a trip back home was the perfect remedy.

To my surprise, I was tasked with managing PR for a major work event that was scheduled on MY BIRTHDAY (smh), so any plans of getting away had to be postponed. But you know what?? When life hands you grapes, you just stomp it out and make wine!!

Yessss….wine makes everything better!! And, that’s all I really wanted to commemorate my special day and the completion of that redonkulous event. What can I say?!? I’m a simple girl…lol.

After work I headed over to French Country Wines for one of their “Meet the Maker” events. I was pretty geeked to attend. I haven’t really had much experience with French wines, so I was eager to sip and see. Plus, it’s not every day you get to meet a famous French winemaker and sample wine from their vineyard for FREE!! #birthdaywinning

Staff at French Country Wines

Staff at French Country Wines

Marchand Vineyard brochure

Marchand Vineyard brochure

French winemaker Jean-Philippe and I.

French winemaker Jean-Philippe and I.

The featured guest was Jean-Philippe Marchand from Burgundy. The Marchand Estate has been around for over seven generations in Morey-St-Denis. So, this isn’t Jean-Phillippe’s first rodeo! He brought three red wines to sample. Here are some quick tasting notes:

Red wines from Marchand

Red wines from Marchand Vineyard

  • Hautes Cote de Nuits Pinot Noir 2011: Cherry to ruby red in color with aromas of fruits, black currant and raspberry + spicy nuances.
  • Santenay ‘Sous Le Moulin’ 2008: Color resembles a dark, black cherry, while the bouquet evokes rose petals, peonies, violets, red fruit and a hint of licorice.
  • Savigny-les-Beaune 2005: Intense in color and has an elegant, yet powerful bouquet. Marked by dominant cherry, black currant, raspberry and strawberry aromas.

 My favorite was the Hautes Cote de Nuits Pinor Noir. Out of all the wines, its tannins were the least overbearing. I found the wine slightly sweet with a tart finish. I can’t wait to review it in a couple of weeks!

The tasting was a great start to the evening. After the event, I went to dinner with my cousin at UCHI, one of the best sushi restaurants in town. Unfortunately, I didn’t take too many pictures at dinner, but trust everything was DE-LISH! In the midst of all this ah-mazing food, I kept thinking, “I want more wine!!!” So, I asked my cousin if we could stop by 13 Celsius, one of my favorite wine bars in the city. Like Kanye said, “It’s my birthday, so I deserve to be greedy.”

I ended my birthday with a glass of my new (second) favorite wine called Domaine de Montbourgeau L’Etoile…another French wine. It’s this really funky white wine that smells like apple juice (really sweet), but it tastes the exact opposite. The server described it as “yeasty.” I’m going to pass on that for 500 Alex. I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but it’s not yeast on my palate. Needless to say, I’ve discovered a new interest in French wines, so stay tuned for more posts as I explore this region next month.

Dessert at UCHI

Dessert at UCHI

Cousin!!

Cousin!!

My new favorite wine at 13 Celsius.

My new favorite wine at 13 Celsius.

All-in-all, I had a wine-derful birthday and yesterday was just the beginning. I’m taking a mini trip to Temecula next week. (I can’t wait to write that post!!) Even though 30 was very blah for me, I’m excited to see what 31 has in store for me. I feel really good about this next chapter in my life. I’m not going to write down any expectations, I’m just going to take each day one glass at a time and see what happens. So, let’s sip to a prosperous year!

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