Wine Wednesday!

ImageMan, it is hot out today! Earlier this week- sixty degrees. Today- ninety. Because, sure why not here the great state of Virginia. At least there is a breeze blowing today, so it’s not terrible. A good day to open up a couple of windows and let some air in!

I’m kinda bummed this week that my Caps got eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Of course, my Flyers didn’t even get to the playoffs, so yeah, there’s that. I guess it shouldn’t have been too surprising to anyone who’s followed Washington over the last few years (or really ever, ha!) and especially after the atrocious start they had at the beginning of the (shortened) season. But still, there’s always that eternal optimism that says, “This is our year!” Oh well. Maybe 2014.

So to drown my sorrows and pour one out for the team, let’s move on the wine! This week’s selection is local Virginia wine from Sans Soucy Vineyards. I haven’t actually been out to the vineyard, but these guys often have booths at local wine tasting events and that’s how I found out about them. This particular bottle is one I sampled at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival last fall. I liked it so much, I decided that I definitely needed to take a bottle home with me! It’s a tasty 2009 Petit Verdot, which unfortunately, I lost the pricing for. Sorry!

Anyway, my notes:

  • color- dark cherry
  • scent- spice/cinnamon
  • smooth, fruit finish
  • spicy
  • heavy cinnamon notes
  • nice VA dry selection

From the experts: “Dark, full-bodied red Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is gently acidic with soft and balanced tannins. Tones of Vanillin, dark chocolate, black cherry, cassis and even a hint of tobacco. The nose is lightly vanillin and fruity but also suggests aromatic hints of sandalwood and cedar.” — based on the 2008 vintage, from our friends at

Vino Mercoledi!


Or Mercoledi de Vino? So, I’m not entirely sure of how that one translates. Forgive me, please! Either way, it’s Wine Wednesday! And yes, that is a Christmas decoration in the picture, and no, I do not still have Christmas decor up, ha. I’m just that far behind on my reviews! But those are my super-cute Christmas wine charms that I love! Anyhoo…

Nothing too terribly exciting is going on this week in the Life Happens household. The Husband did run in his big marathon this past weekend and beat last year’s time by over 15 minutes. He managed to come in just under four hours, so he was quite happy with that! And of course, I am happy for him! Other than that, we continue with our landscaping projects, organizing, travel planning, and work.

In all of that travel planning that I mentioned last post (along with some forward thinking/planning for next year), I am reminded of our past vacations and how much fun we’ve had over the last several years setting out and exploring just some of what this great world of ours has to offer. We are unbelievably lucky in that we have the resources available to take some amazing adventures. I just cannot imagine living my life without getting to see so many other cities, states, and countries, or doing all of that without my wonderful husband! AND… this all ties in quite nicely to this week’s wine selection because it is one that we discovered on last year’s trip to Italy (which of course you can read about here).

While in Naples, we enjoyed several really amazing meals with some of the Husband’s colleagues. One of these fellows is quite the wine aficionado himself and said that he was determined to order a few bottles of a local wine that was made from grapes that had been grown on Mt. Vesuvius. This wine is called Lacrima Christi, or Tears of Christ. And it is DELICIOUS! We ended up trying several different bottles at a couple of different restaurants and it was truly some of the best wine that we had on our trip. When we returned from Italy, both the Husband and I expressed our disappointment at having not been able to bring some of this back. We did bring a few bottles of Italian vino back with us, but we didn’t purchase any Lacrima because of our travel schedule and needing to get it safely back to Rome before heading home. We were, however, lucky to come across one brand of it at a Total Wines once back in the States. While this bottle certainly wasn’t AS good as the ones we sipped while in Naples, it certainly was tasty and I highly recommend that anyone interested in a good, bold Italian take the opportunity to try some Lacrima Christi, if you can!

This bottle of De Angelis Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio was a 2011, bottled in Sorrento, Italy. It retails for around $22.

My notes:

  • color- dark plum
  • scent- earthy, mineral
  • spicy at first
  • earthy
  • has a mineral quality
  • full-body

Notes from the experts are a little sparse on this one, so you’ll just have to trust me that it really is worth a glass (or two).