Wrapping Up 2011 and Ready to Embrace 2012!

2011 has been quite an exciting first year for Wine and Good Food.  When I started writing about wine in the early parts of 2011, I had no idea that so many people would actually want to read what I have to say.  I have had so much fun sharing my wine drinking adventures with you guys and have made a lot of new friends along the way. 

I have definitely had some wonderful wine experiences this year that went beyond just opening a new bottle (although that never gets old).  Two stand outs over the past year include a wonderful trip to Napa and Sonoma where I had the chance to meet some of my Twitter “wine friends” live and in person and a wine lunch in Los Angeles hosted by Santa Julia Winery at the acclaimed Rivera restaurant.  These two experiences would have never happened had I not decided to launch my blog. 

Family Wine Tasting Trip in Napa Valley

I have also shared countless bottles of wine with family and friends.  One of my favorite wines I sipped in 2011 was a bottle of 2000 Jordan Chardonnay that I had been cellaring for years (somewhat accidentally).  It turned out to have aged beautifully and was even more special since we uncorked it on Thanksgiving.  Another favorite wine I sipped was a bottle of 1995 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet.  This bottle was special because the same vintage was originally given to my husband and I as an engagement gift but we broke it in a move across the country.  A friend of ours invited us into his cellar and shared his bottle of ’95 Silver Oak so we could savor the gift we never got to enjoy.

Petite Sirah also stole my heart and taste buds in 2011.  It was a wine I never paid much attention to in my pre-blogging days but had an opportunity to taste my way through around 20 bottles earlier this year.  I was blown away by some of the PS’s I sipped…Rock Wall, Field Stone, and Michael David’s Earthquake were among some of my favorites.  I really think America needs to start opening up their palate to Petite Sirah because it is a wonderful varietal that should be easier to find on restaurant wine lists and wine store shelves. 

As exciting as this year in wine has been for me, I can’t wait to see what 2012 has to offer.  I wish all of you guys a wonderful 2012 and hope it is a healthy, prosperous year for all!

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