Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wine of the Week: Feeling Fall-ish


Times Ten Cellars
Zinfandel (Sierra Foothills)



Yesterday I wore an argyle sweater and corduroy pants.


I woke up Tuesday morning and, in keeping with my routine, I set the coffee to brew and poked my head out the back door to check the weather report. I was treated to a breath of clean, cold air, and I spotted the first streaks of a clear dawn stretching across the sky overhead. What a pleasant surprise! The warm, moist, hazy mornings that passed too quickly into steamy afternoons had come to an end for another year. Finally, lazy, plodding summer had handed off her barometric baton to brisk, energetic fall. I settled into a patio chair with a steaming mug moments later and smiling, tightened my robe against the chill. This, I thought, excited in a back-to-school sort of way, calls for a celebratory outfit. Hence, the argyle.

That evening, after a day that will go down in the books as one of my most stressful this year, I looked forward to a glass of wine that might return my spirit to the uplifted, hopeful fall place I'd found at the back door hours earlier. I couldn't dive into a pile of crackling, golden leaves, so I wanted to taste something that made me feel the way I'd felt when I put on my sweater that morning.

Times Ten Cellars Zinfandel had just what I was looking for. It burst with the ripe berry flavors that we expect from this rich, red grape, and hints of oaky toast and comforting spice in the background made it perfect for a brisk autumn evening. This bottle was part of my take-home haul from last week's visit to Times Ten in Lakewood, and their sale goes on through the end of the month. I now wish I'd added a couple of extra bottles of this Zin to my bag - good thing the winery is right here in Dallas. Maybe I'll pull on another sweater and drive over with the top down later this week.


4 comments:

eatingindallas said...

I've got plans tomorrow night. But, maybe Friday...

Food Czar said...

In fact, C@S, Margie and I were just talking about that last month. We both dislike the heat of summer. Hurray for fall! And hurray for red wine season!! (Actually, red wine season lasts all year long, but you get my drift.)

JR said...

I am sorry....I would have commented earlier except I couldnt get past the Argyle Sweater and Corduroy pants...I thought maybe you got dressed AFTER you had the wine....I mean, hello, I am gay....so an argyle sweater with a crispy button up shirt underneath and turned up cuffs is practically a uniform for the card-carrying-Mo's....but I wince at the Cord Pants....I closed the screen before I could read any further like I do when I get those emails that suck you in with serene landscapes only to then blast you with a screaming witch-like-woman, if you dont know what I am talking about just check your email (tis the season you know)...anyway in fear that your shoe of choice for this outfit were brown Doc-Marten Boots....remember those? With the thick rubber soles....

gaela renee said...

i'm jealous of your cool patio coffee moment. i would love to have a whole week of 'em!

tis the season for pumpkin...had some DELICIOUS pumpkin cookies somebody made last night (need their recipe)...and pumpkin spice lattes. are you seeing a trend? ;-)

cheers!