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Drinking down the cellar

@WineGuyTo and I have a problem of sorts; we have a lot of wine.  So much we has ever moved some to our ‘off-site storage’  (i.e. my parent’s house).  Though we really enjoy wine, we really need to drink down the cellar as we are running out of room!  So we decided on two things: not buying any wine for a year (not something @WineGuyTo is happy with),  and a 52 week bottle of the week. The latter will be profiled each Wednesday for # winewednesday,  so watch my twitter feed for a new post each week.

Welcome to week 1! Tonight’s dinner was steak,  so we pulled out an Australian version of a Bordeaux, Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cab Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot from 2000.  It is showing surprising longevity for a generally widely available bottle of juice!

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The colour is a deep red verging on opaque,  not showing as much brown around the edges as I would have expected.  The fruits are still very much present though the tannins have mellowed nicely. At 13% there is plenty of alcohol to balance the fruit.  All in all,  a very pleasant surprise!

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Look at that colour on the cork! There was minute crystallization as well.

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Thanks to @WineGuyTO for the tasting notes.

Our Travel Bucket List

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Earlier this year, @WineGuyTO and I made a travel bucket list.  I thought it would come in handy when we start thinking about the one big trip per year we try to take.  We each added to the list, taking turns and the nice thing was that we both agreed on each other’s choices.  Some of these may become weekend jaunts, as they are close by.

Here is our list:

Ireland
Scotland
Paris
Argentina-Mendoza
Chicago
Thailand
Austria
Australia
New York
New Zealand
St Petersburg
Vancouver
Key largo (florida keys)
Fiji
Rome
Scandinavia
Big island
England
Vermont
Africa – Gibraltar, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya
Turkey
Morocco
Israel & region
Oregon

Then I saw this in my zite this morning: 10 places to see before they are gone (link here). A great infographic, it explains why the location/attraction will be gone and what it is like now.  I have only been to one place on their list, the Alps, but now I want to add the rest to our list!  I hope that my next visit to Tuscany will have us exploring more of Italy so I can see Venice.

Do you have a travel bucket list? Where do you want to go?

If you are interested in the Galapagos Islands, check out the blog Bacon is Magic by Ayngelina.  She has been there for a month!

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