There are times when we are surrounded by family and friends that do not have the same appreciation for wines that a wine drinker has. That does not mean that they should be shamed and actually they should be encouraged to try some different wines, one should accept that fact and go forward. Some people prefer cocktails and others prefer beer, and then some will drink wine, but they claim that the wines being served are too dry or too heavy. So as a host or a hostess, one must try to make the guests comfortable.
As always since we have a large cache of our basic go to wines, we tend to serve two wines from Sterling; their Meritage 2010 and the Chardonnay 2011. I have written about these wines before, not to mention the great price that we have bought them at, and our local store continues to run these at a great promotion, almost as a loss leader for the store. Either of the two wines are a delight to offer our guests without feeling that they are being slighted in the least, as I feel that both work well with foods or just by themselves.
My Bride also bought another wine for some of the family, who were looking for a sweeter wine. While neither of us prefers a sweeter wine just for social drinking, we can understand that this can be a potential introduction for non-wine drinkers. I have enjoyed plenty of dessert wines in my day, but I prefer them after a meal, not prior or during, but that is my preference. She had selected for some of these drinkers a bottle from a winery that we like to visit in the Traverse City area of Michigan. It was a bottle of Leelanau Cellars Winter White Peach Chill NV. This wine is from their “Season Wine” collection and they refer to it as a Piesporter wine in style with a fruit infusion. It comes in a dark blue bottle and it was popular with the company that prefers something sweeter then what we usually serve.
The other wine that was served over the weekend was from Duckhorn Vineyards, a winery that we have enjoyed for years and have even visited the winery even before they had a tasting room. The winery is in Napa Valley, but the wine that was enjoyed was from their Decoy Collection out of Sonoma County. It was Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. This is a well made wine, more in a popular price and made for more current usage as opposed to cellaring, which some of the classic Duckhorn wines are made for. All in all there was a diverse selection of wines that were poured for the pleasure of the company.