“Worthy of celebration,” Steele Cabernet Franc 2016


Yesterday was such an excellent day that I’m compelled to share the highlights here briefly. After my run, I was told at Bob’s doughnut shop that they simply hadn’t bothered to make gluten free doughnuts the night before. Dejected, I went home sans doughnuts and disappointed my family. From that point forward, however, things took a sharp upward turn. WeBop was a ton of fun with a full jazz band playing. The Huskers won in a close one, our once-suspect freshman kicker knocking in three field goals including one from 47 yards away. I spent the afternoon playing with the kids, shoveled the walks, and then shared dinner with our guests and our neighbors before watching This Is Us and deciding collectively that tomorrow we will make brunch. There were no lottery-winning moments; it was just a really excellent, truly relaxing day.


The wine I paired with Sonja’s lasagna last night also caught my attention. I had recently been sent a new shipment of wines from Jed Steele in Lake County. It’s no secret I like his wines, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that the 2016 Cabernet Franc is one of the best I’ve had. I love the varietal for its versatility and depth — when done well it becomes so much more than just a parent clone to Cabernet Sauvignon. This one was complex from the get go, with a gorgeous black cherry nose and elements of oak permeating the entire experience start to finish. Hints of concentrated milk chocolate and espresso laced layers of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. Jed gave all 1,350 cases of this wine the royal treatment, aging it for fourteen months on a combination of French and American oak, 30% of it new. By the end of the night everyone was talking about how great the wine was, and I concluded to myself that this is easily the best $20 take on the varietal I’ve ever had. Like my day, the wine was worthy of celebration.


After dinner, the kids played and we sat around sipping this wine and talking about life. The holidays loom large in the lives of parents, bringing with them an excitement as well as the dread of being constantly rushed and overextended. I hope that no matter how large they loom in your life, the holidays bring joy. Pair this wine with some red meat or a pasta dish sometime and I think you’ll find it a worthy auxiliary as you navigate this time of year. As ever, thanks for reading.

Cheers to days worth celebrating, and to wines almost as good,


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