• Celebrating with Birth Year Wine

    May 25, 2009

    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.

    Mal grilled-up a couple of Praeger’s veggie burgers on our Griddler while I put together our side salads. 

    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
    From wineaccess.com

    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! 

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    { 22 comments… read them below or add one }

    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 25, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    What a cool gift! Birth year wine! I love it!!! Glad you guys had a great weekend full of birthday fun =)


    K May 25, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The Birth Year Wine sounds like a great idea!! Wine’s always good 😉


    Meredith (Pursuing Balance) May 25, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    yummy looking veggie burger!


    Recipes for creativity May 25, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    What a neat tradition! How much of that wine does his family still have to consume?


    Kara May 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Looks like an awesome celebration!!


    Tina May 25, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    @Recipes for creativity: 7 to go! 🙂


    Rachel May 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    What a neat tradition! I wish my family had something like that… but that’d require planning ahead, which we are not so good at 🙂


    Andrea@WellnessNotes May 25, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    The Birth Year Wine tradition sounds really cool! I think I just found an excuse to buy some 2007 wine to put away for the toddler. We’ll see how much we’ll actually end up putting away… 🙂


    Tanya May 25, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Love it! That’s such a fantastic idea. Glad it was still good.


    emily May 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I’m glad you guys enjoyed the wine – that’s a really good present idea!


    emily May 25, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    what a cool tradition! looks like you had a fun holiday (birthday) weekend 🙂


    Christina May 25, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    What a cool tradition! I’m thinking of buying a bottle of wine for my 4 month old niece now 🙂 Never thought I’d say that!


    Natalie May 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’m going to do it when my daughter has a baby,can’t wait.cool idea!!


    Lara (Thinspired) May 26, 2009 at 4:41 am

    What a great family tradition! Very cool. I’m glad you guys enjoyed some of that wine tonight 🙂


    Matt (No Meat Athlete) May 26, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Wow that Bordeaux seems fantastic! I wish my French family did the birth year wine tradition… oh that’s right, I don’t have a French family.


    greenbean May 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

    i love the last pic in this post!


    Sarah May 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

    That is such a neat tradition! I was born in 1982 also, haha. So good to know! I’m going to have to try the Praeger’s veggie burgers, I’m currently frustrated with Boca. I also want to try the Annie’s BBQ sauce as I’m trying to completely eliminate HFCS from my house 🙂


    Meghann May 26, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I love the idea of a case of wine from the year of your birth to celebrate on special occasions through out your life. I am a big believe in birth year things. When even I see things that refer to 1985 I always make a big deal about it.


    Scott May 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I’m envious of that wine, I love old French wines! And Dr. Praegers veggie burgers too, love those things.


    elise May 26, 2009 at 11:34 am

    such a great tradition. my family has a vineyard in sonoma, ca, and my dad has saved a 1982 for my wedding day.

    btw, the burger on the griddler looks great! i need more kitchen appliances 🙁 no room in this tiny nyc apt though!


    Mary May 26, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I use Annie’s Naturals Smokey Maple too! My favorite BBQ sauce!!!


    Sib May 27, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Yum. SO jealous that I wasn’t there to steal it away from Mal and hide in the bathroom with a decanter. Next year….


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