Sweet Vacation Time – Firefly Ridge Syrah

Hi, y’all. I’m on vacation. And I’m tasting wines. Lots of them. All under $10 – okay, I lied. I’m taking some winery wines with me, so not all of them are under $10, but a whole lot of them are.

We’re going camping – yep, even Ms. Broken Leg here. Up to Mammoth Mountain. As a matter of fact, when this gets posted, I’ll be headed home. Sigh…hate to leave the place…

But when I come back, I’ll have lots to talk about and lots of wine to share. And if I get a chance (read: internet connection) to update you, I will, I swear. In the meantime, there are books to write, chipmunks to blast with the super soaker 5000, and wine to sip by the fire.

Not to mention, getting myself lost in the night sky. There are so many stars visible up at that altitude that it fills me with wonder. And tonight the Perseid meteor shower should hit.

Update: Because of the nefarious hackers who cyber-raped me yesterday, I’ve got an update on a wine for you.

Firefly Ridge Syrah 2008 Central Coast (Livermore and Ripon) Alcohol 13.5% by volume.  $9.99 on sale at Vons.

On the Label: “Our wines are a symbolic tribute to the mysterious and romantic firefly. The firefly’s brilliant luminescence is reflected in each vintage of Firefly Ridge wines.

“Firefly Ridge Syrah is a smooth red wine with exotic aromas and flavors of blackberry, spice and pepper. Velvety tannins, a hint of smoke and long, spicy finish make this an ideal pairing to grilled steaks or hearty pastas. This Syrah is delicious now or can be put down for up to 5 years to develop additional complexity.

My take: Definitely smooth. It goes well with campfire smoke, the sounds of a guitar, and sons squabbling good-naturedly as they play horseshoes.  This bottle, however, was destined for great things.

I took a glass to the hubby to sip between songs. His eyes lit up, however, and he proceeded to transfer all the wine from the bottle to a plastic water bottle. The neck fit his finger – he was eyeing it as a potential slide for his cigar box guitar, as he’d left all his own slides at home.

(To break the neck of a wine bottle: douse approximately 7 inches of twine in lighter fluid. Wrap twine tightly around neck of bottle, tie off. Light the twine on fire, and twist bottle to make sure all the twine is burned and the bottle heated. When the flame goes out, dunk bottle into bucket of cold water for up to 2 minutes. If it cracks, good for you! If not, the bottle won.)

The bottle broke, instead of the neck coming off smoothly; and so we drank the wine in homage to the lost bottle. Being in plastic did nothing to mar the wonderful flavor. We had it with chicken-apple sausages, roasted potatoes with onion, and green beans.

My Rating: ~Very Drinkable~

So, summer’s almost over and I’m finally getting a vacation. If you want more of me today, head on over to Flirty Author Bitches and see my post, also hitting today. You’ll find out just why my family hates chipmunks.

Peace out people, and remember – drink responsibly!

~  Have you read DEMON SOUL yet? Head on over to Crescent Moon Press and pick up your copy today! ~

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4 Responses to Sweet Vacation Time – Firefly Ridge Syrah

  1. Christine, I LOVE Firefly Ridge, and I’m so glad to see that you’ve profiled it in today’s blog. I’m going to have to pick up a bottle or two this weekend. 😀

    Enjoy your vacation!

  2. Hi Christine!

    Since tonight is the peak of the perseid meteor showers, and you’re way up there in Mammoth – you should have a great view, and the Firely Ridge Syrah sounds like the perfect wine for viewing the shooting stars.

    At least that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!

    Thanks for the tip. I’m not normally a red wine person, but I do like Syrah and some red zinfindells (sp) sorry.

  3. Robin says:

    Hi Christine ~ I’m not a wine drinker, but I love reading about how enthusiastic wine drinkers are about their favorites. I hope you had a great time in Mammoth – boot and all!

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