Happy new year, wine aficionados!
If today’s Saturday, then you can count on Mystic Wine Shoppe’s free weekly tasting, from 4-6 p.m. (Perfect timing for stocking up on a bottle or two in advance of tonight’s Patriots game.) Today Mystic will be featuring a 2012 La Crema Chardonnay, a 2012 Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, a 2012 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir and a 2011 Conundrum California Red Wine. As usual, all featured wines will be discounted by 10 percent.
I also recently had the opportunity to sample the 2011 Murphy-Goode “Homefront Red.” A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold goes to Operation Homefront, a national non-profit that provides emergency and financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.
The Homefront Red is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes. The wine had a gorgeous aroma upfront, heavy on the oak and vanilla. The wine was bright red in the glass, with dark fruit flavors and spice. I found the wine to be extremely smooth and easy to drink, with a long finish.
Talk about a win-win: a wine that’s quite enjoyable to drink that also lets you support a great cause!
One of my 2014 resolutions is to catch up on my blogging. I’ve got a long list of overdue posts, so watch this space for more to come!