I am in La Quinta, Calif., visiting my mother with my two children for Christmas break. It seems like the middle of nowhere, unless you are ancient or like playing golf. The desert mountains are beautiful. And I love talking to my mother and my 100-year-old grandmother. It’s great to be with your family, as you all know. And I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and you are looking forward to a good glass or two of excellent wine for New Year’s Eve.
I am going to the supermarket to buy some food for tonight, and I'm going to buy a bottle or two based on your recommendations in the comments on my Dec. 4 blog on values. I am going to see if I can find a few in Jensen’s Finest Foods, which has a good but expensive wine selection.
What would you do in my situation? I'm going to jot down 10 or so of the recommendations because I don’t want to know the Spectator scores before I taste them. Do you do the same when you are buying bottles? Or have you tried Wine Spectator Mobile when you're out shopping? I plan to buy a few bottles and try them and let you know my thoughts on your choices. I am going to barbecue some sausages tonight and serve them with a couscous salad and a green salad—fresh and yummy. I am going to go for some fruity reds like Zins or Syrahs.
I think hanging in wine shops and wine sections is a blast. It used to drive my ex-wife insane. I don’t have that problem anymore. I can spend as much time as I want checking out bottles! I will let you know how I did tomorrow and how your wines showed.
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