Thursday, June 25, 2020

Wines to Celebrate a Milestone During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: The Food Hunter

Like it or not you or someone you know is going to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having to forego celebrating milestones with your family and friends is difficult for sure, but hosting a virtual wine tasting can provide lasting memories. 

This month both my husband and I turned 50 and although there was no chance of a birthday bash at our house we did celebrate virtually with our friends and loved ones. We planned a virtual Happy Hour on Zoom which turned into several virtual hours and lots of wine pours.  

We started the evening with some lighter wines from the California based Justin Vineyard. Both varietals were very affordable and delicious.  The crisp & refreshing Justin Sauvignon Blanc retails at $16 and the Paso Robles Rose (my favorite) at $20. 

Before switching over to reds for the rest of the night we decided to try a bottle of Landmark Chardonnay. Landmark Vineyards is a sister to Justin; both of which are owned by the Wonderful Company. The Overlook Chardonnay was a nice option at $27 and offered flavors of white peach and apricot along with hints of citrus.

Moving on, we enjoyed 3 reds during our virtual event. The first: Justin Justification is a very full bodied Bordeaux-style red. In contrast the Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir ($27) was more of a medium bodied wine.  The star of the evening though was the Hop Kiln from Landmark ($40); a complex medium bodied yet extremely balanced Pinot Noir. There was something for everyone in our happy hour line-up....if only we could have shared them in the same room.

Although not the 50th celebration we had originally been planning it is definitely one we will remember for years to come. If you are looking for wine recommendations I highly recommend the ones featured here.

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