November is sure to please with the typical fall weather we are having, complete with evening storms, rainy days and periodic clear skies giving way for winterizing opportunities before the rains begin again. There I was this past weekend, equip with tarps, stakes for the shrubs and burlap to keep the future frost off my plants, raking leaves and putting away front porch furniture. I will miss sitting and watching the world go by while sipping my favorite red on my favorite porch chair. Unfortunately the latest reasonably priced star will have to be poured and sipped in front of the fire, however, not a bad alternative.
This intense and red berried wine was found at a recent wine tasting I had dragged my friend to. My well tuned palate and his admittedly novice buds found… Shot in the Dark Shiraz Petite Sirah this treasure boasts of ripe plum, cherry and blackberry, both the wine and the price are sure to please at a whopping $13.99 per bottle and worth every penny. So, for those of you sitting on your wallets feel free to stand up and spend a little. Take a chance and if you dare you may just like it, after all, it’s a little more than just a Shot in the Dark.
One of my favorite small farm based wineries from the Naramata, bar none, is Kettle Valley Winery. I have been lucky enough to hold court to some of my favorite wines from this winery and have enjoyed every bottle I have had the privilege to sample.
For anyone wanting a risk free purchase I would be happy to recommend any of the following wines especially for the up coming months ahead. Baton down the hatches and cozy on up to a glass of Kettle Valley “Barber” Cabernet Sauvignon or lighten up the red with their 2007 Pinot Noir an excellent social gem for grazing and chatting. For you white wine lovers they have a decadent and juicy Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend and a Pinot Gris able to please the most complex of palates.
Stock up early for the season unfolding right before your eyes. Whether it’s a gift you are buying or a bar you are stocking. I always say “taste before you give”.
This month join us in raising a glass on November 11th in honor of those that have sacrificed their lives for our country, friends and family who are no longer with us. Remember as well all those who are presently serving our country may you all come home safely.
Until next time……..Cheers to your Obsessions