Advent 2021 – December 2, 2021

by Roy Beckemeyer

Day 2 – “Merry Red” and Gouda Cheese

Today we went from fall weather to nearly summery – 75 degrees and sunny. If it wasn’t for the leafless and loosely leafed trees and the fall colors, you could totally convince yourself it was early spring. From the case of Advent wines, Day 2 produced “Merry Red,” a somewhat innocuous dry California red of indeterminate and unstated variety, likely a central valley blend. An inconspicuous and simple but nicely colored red, suitable for a burger lunch on a day like this. But it also complimented fairly well the excellent gouda cheese sample. Classic gouda flavor and a firmer cheese than the Edam of yesterday, it did not overpower but did outshine the wine. I found myself wishing I had a slightly more generous helping of cheese.

From a google search – photo of a 70s era “Home Wine Making Kit” from Sears.

This little red wine did take me back to a Christmas in the early 1970s, when Pat bought me a “Home Wine Making Kit” from Sears. That simple little one-gallon kitchen winery started me on a hobby that eventually led to having Zinfandel grapes shipped from Napa Valley to Kansas and a cellar full of everything from cherry wine to a pretty fair oak-aged Zin. After a while my job left me with more spare cash and fewer hours, and I moved from making to buying and cellaring good to great wines. I suppose the lesson is: Be careful with DIY gift kits – they can lead a certain kind of giftee to a long and deep involvement with some esoteric pursuit.

~Roy J Beckemeyer, December 2, 2021