It was a long nine months, but worth it in the end. On June 7, at 3:25 pm, the latest member of our family joined us out here in the real world. She was quickly dubbed “The Noob”, practically smothered by the Doodle's ecstatic displays of affection, and settled into the eat/sleep/empty tank routine without much fanfare.
Of course, there’s been plenty of wine to celebrate:
Southbrook 2006 Triomphe Cabernet Merlot – This was stunning on our first visit to SB (of the giant purple wall fame) and has evolved into something approaching nirvana. Ripe cherries, green pepper and licorice on the nose, followed by a perfectly balanced mouthful of balanced tannins, rich fruit and a smooth finish. Gorgeous alongside Q'd striploin and a pile of grilled veggies.
Maleta 2008 Grape Brain Reserve Rosé – The rosé that Mr. Non-Rosé (Hubby) bought three of cuz he liked it so much. Aromas of wild strawberries and rosewater gush out of a medium-to-full body of syrup, but does not come across too sweet. Light acidity and a peach/nectarine finish round it off. Had this with individual pita pizzas; mine had grilled veg, chicken, spinach, black olives and feta. Hi, can I just say YUM?
On the first night home, we toasted with a Spanish cava (forgot the deets on that one, but loved the off-dry taste). In the days since, we’ve had our go-to Orvieto on hand, as well as a Jaffelin Bourgogne Aligoté, for pre-dinner apéros.
All in all, I'd say life is pretty darn good.