A good friend and neighbor called me last Tuesday. She wanted to get together, chat and unwind but she was just getting out of work and we were all tired and not in the mood to even walk to a neighborhood restaurant.
"How about we pick us up something nice and quick for dinner and we go outside to eat it, perhaps watch a movie and catch up while we are at it?", I said.
"Great!" (She insisted on bringing wine).
Mr. C picked up a couple roasted chickens from Larry's Market. I prepared a quick baby spinach, tomato, parmesan, peppadews, pine nut and dried cherry salad. Dark cherry balsamic dressing was tossed with it.
We sat outside to eat and the bottle of Barahonda Monastrell Yecla 2004 was opened. We ate and talked and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the view of the Space Needle from the terrace.
We drank some more wine, had some more food and then moved the conversation inside when it started to get so windy that the spinach leaves started flying off our plates.
Over the course of the meal, dreaming of running away to the south of France, taking peeks at Cary Grant's dark tan, tiny waist and high pants in To Catch a Thief my friend and I drank the entire bottle of Monastrell.
I don't recall drinking half a bottle of anything in a while.
This was a fantastic wine. Fruit forward, with restrained tannins and great legs. A very friendly wine to enjoy in a casual setting such as this and perfect with poultry and peppadews.
The Monastrell tasted like an expensive wine but it was only this morning that while researching this baby I find out that not only it sells for less than $10 but that it is also from one of Robert Parker's favorite winemakers.
And because I know exactly where she bought it (Sixth Avenue Wine Seller @ Pacific Place) I am looking forward to picking my own.
You probably should do the same.
*About the Monastrell grape.