Advent, Day 4 – December 4, 2021
by Roy Beckemeyer
Day 4 – Winter Wonderland California Pinot Noir and mild white Mature Cheddar
Day 4’s selection was a clear-headed, fruity California Pino Noir coupled with a mild, white “Mature Cheddar.” When I first began learning California red wines, after the generics, I tried the fruitier, less complex Pinot Noirs. I pretty quickly became able to identify the grape and found the varietal a good match for many dinners. Of course, I eventually moved on to the heartier versions that often were aged in oak barrels, the designated vineyard Pinots of Oregon and California, and even, finally, to French Burgundies. Today’s was a simple, light, but true to the varietal, Pinot Noir, and was well matched by the quiet and quite mild white cheddar. A pleasant encounter.
It was a cooler day today, high of about 56 with a breeze from the south, so a little chill in the air. Pat and I walked, and she was able to walk her full 1/4 mile using her walker today without having to stop and rest at all. We shuffled through leaves and enjoyed the neighborhood Christmas decorations, many lights beginning to turn on in the last half-hour before sunset. Our walks these days are but dim reminders of our dog-walking, hiking, backpacking, and marathoning days, but we still enjoy them. The wine and cheese pairing for today would have made a great carry-along snack for one of those more robust walks.
A good day all-around for reminiscing about those many other halcyon days we shared through the years.
~Roy Beckemeyer, 4 December 2021.
I just love your take on this. I love wine but only know what I like which is very limited. Your expertise would be great to set up a charcuterie board!! I think you should share your “take” on the advent calendar with ALDI.
Thanks, Janice. I was fortunate to get involved with the local newspaper “wine panel” back when the paper still had an overhead budget. The paper would buy eight wines and we would do a blind tasting, then rate and comment on the wines and they had a monthly column. Gave me a chance to taste a lot more than I could have on my own. We also did it at a local restaurant and the chef made a buffet to go with the kind of wine we were tasting, so after our “work” we would chat and eat and finish up the wines. So got to see how wine and food paired up, too. Them were the days!