Ok, so we didn’t have pizza for Christmas dinner (though I certainly wouldn’t have complained), but we did have a lovely bottle of wine with our feast. And there’s a story that goes along with it.
Way back in the olden days (I think I was in college at the time), my dad’s job took him through the wine country every now and then. One time he came home with this amazing chocolate sauce from a winery called Peju. Soon after, Lenny and I went on a wine-tasting trip with his folks and we visited Peju. We not only enjoyed the chocolate, we enjoyed the wine. We soon discovered that my brother went to college with, and was friends with, one of the Peju daughters. The funny coincidences just kept coming, it seemed.
Well, I recently heard that my brother’s friend, along with her sister, started a new winery called Tess. I was eager to see what the next generation of Peju talent had created. Given the history, it seemed only right to toast my family on Christmas with this unusual wine. It’s a red/white blend, and though it looks red, it’s best served chilled.
It was the perfect “linner” wine, lighter than a full-bodied red, but full of flavor that complimented our ham. No doubt Tess will continue to bring many friends and family together through the years.
Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary bottle of Tess as inspiration for this post.