Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wine Wednesday: Clayhouse Adobe Red

Y'all. I am exhausted. 2 walkthroughs, numerous errands (votive candles for $5 a dozen at Michael's! Hooray!), a listening session, and what seems like an infinite number of discussions later, Econo Boy and I have picked our vows, purchased place cards, finished the seating charts for the rehearsal dinner and the reception, and somehow managed to squeeze in time with all 3 branches of the family (my mom, my dad, his parents). Still to do: dancing shoes (I'll explain later), decorations for the outside terrace, purchase of beer and liquor, and hopefully little else.

At dinner with my dad (who you may remember is a wine lover too), I chose the following bottle of red wine for the table.

Image from www.kenswineguide.com

US winemakers tend to prize varietal wines, which are almost entirely (or sometimes 100%) made from the same grape. While a wine labeled simply "red" can be a bit of a risk, I've grown to appreciate the results when skilled winemakers blend their grapes. This Clayhouse Adobe Red is delicious. The combination of Malbec and Zinfandel makes it rich and robust, with a nice kick on the finish, while the Syrah and Petite Sirah add roundness and softness. A great buy for $15 at the wine store (and still not a bad value at the restaurant for $32, but restaurant alcohol markups just kill me).

5 comments:

Julia (Color Me Green) said...

glad you're nearing the finish line with the To Dos!

also just wanted to make sure you know my blog moved to a new URL (http://colormegreenanew.blogspot.com) - since i'm not writing about weddings anymore you may want to take me off your blogroll or just update the link. thanks and hope you'll stop by!

Bride in Exile said...

Thanks for the reminder Julia! I've been meaning to update with your new blog.

LPC said...

What a beautiful wine label.

Nat said...

Hya, I've been meaning to ask for ages. How are you working out how much alcohol you'll need? I've seen various calculators but I have no idea. Not enough liquor = death in my family...

Bride in Exile said...

Nat, I had no clue either, so I asked my caterer. For 150 people, all-night beer and wine, she recommended 10 cases of wine (5 red, 5 white), 2 cases of sparkling for the toasts, and 300 bottles of beer. We threw in enough hard liquor for the cocktail hour (4L gin, 4L vodka, 2L bourbon). I'll almost certainly post about whether that was the right amount after the wedding!