Setting aside expensive bottles of wine for special occasions is something we all can relate to. And serving a top quality wine, or fine Champagne, will always remain recognizable symbols for celebrations.
We do this for a variety of reasons, but in a practical sense, it’s really too expensive to bring out $100+ bottles of wine every week. However, there’s always a celebration right around the corner and this time we’re looking at Valentine’s day.
Traditionally, red wines are “biggies” for celebrating with our sweethearts. With Quintessa’s Bordeaux-style red blend, the name, the label, and the people who produce it, are all about romance.
There’s just something about the life story of Quintessa’s owners, Agustin & Valeria Huneeus, that makes one ask why a couple would pick such a tough business to dedicate their lives to. They just love it. And the TLC displayed at every harvest shows through in their wines.
They also love their customers. When someone complained about a bottle being “corked” a year or so ago, they started checking every cork to make sure that this never happens again. They are still checking every cork. There are few wineries that would even consider such steps to guarantee the quality of their wine. That’s a lotta’ sniffing.
This year, we took samples of Quintessa’s 2007 along on a Princess cruise for an anniversary celebration (their policy allows one bottle per person when entering ships). Although there was a $15 corkage fee, this 2007 lived up to its 95 point rating. Needless to say, it was a long dinner.
It was worth every penny to be able to enjoy a carefully “stashed and packed” wine far out to sea at an upscale on-board restaurant. The large fancy wine glasses complemented this red blends’ bouquet of dark cherries, vanilla, eastern spice, and mocha. With juicy steaks, the mid-palate balanced between dark cherries and plum makes for a pair to savor, romantic.
So you can see why red wines are so popular for Valentine’s day, especially these top shelf classics that will age easily for the next 20 years. Any heartfelt celebration is always a little better when there is a prissy bottle of wine on the table. Beats flowers anytime, and lasts a lot longer.
Even though Quintessa is a little hard to get because so many restaurants order it up, they do offer a good online sales program that usually requires the purchase of several bottles. But for special occasions, it’s a good plan. Drink one soon, another in 5 years, and another in 10. Here’s to celebrating love and life.
Serve at near room temperature with a slight chill, 65 degrees.