And Mal’s birthday celebration continues!
For dinner tonight, we through together an easy meal before our guests arrived to enjoy Mal’s Birth Year Wine, a tradition that Mal’s French family participates in.
I topped my veggie burger with Annie’s Natural Organic BBQ sauce. I like this BBQ quite a lot. It’s made with pure maple syrup and natural wood smoke. The flavor is smoky, but sweet. The texture is thick and rich. Overall, it’s a great BBQ sauce without all that unneeded high fructose corn syrup.
In our salads were arugula, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and bean sprouts. I’m a big fan of bean sprouts on salads– they add a fun texture.
Birth Year Wine
Mal’s birth year (1982) was great for Bordeaux wines. In fact, the 1982 Bordeaux’s are sometimes known as a “century” wines.
When Mal was born, his family gave his parents a case of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac to be consumed at a later date– such Mal’s 21st birthday or his wedding day.
Over the years, Mal’s family has opened a few bottles for special occasions, but they recently started to worry that the bottles were past their prime. Mal decided to open a bottle for his 27th birthday just to make sure they weren’t letting an amazing bottle of wine lose its drinkability.
About Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
This Fifth Growth chateau, located on the left bank of the Gironde, produces a concentrated, polished wine, with classic Pauillac notes of dark berries, plum, spices and earth. Bottlings are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which benefits from the deep gravel topsoil with a limestone basis. Thanks to the structure provided by these Cabernet grapes, the wines generally outperform their classification and are highly suited for lengthy aging. The output from the 135-acre chateau has been extremely consistent in recent years. The estate produces a second wine called Lacoste-Borie.
The wine tasted delicious to me tonight!
Mal’s birth wine is a deep red color, incredibly smooth, and full-bodied with flavors of plum and dark berries. I really enjoyed this wine, especially in the company of good friends and beautiful spring weather. I savored each and every sip and soaked in the atmosphere of the evening. What a way to finish off Mal’s birthday celebration!
Back to the grind tomorrow! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, bloggies!