Warmth is always craved during February’s short, dark days and frigid weather. Which is why fireside drinking is ideal. A double whammy: Flames to warm your skin. Wine to warm your soul. And that’s my ode to consuming red wine next to a fireplace. You’re welcome.
The 2014 Walla Walla Vintners Sangiovese and my in-room fireplace at Salish Lodge was the perfect drink-location combo for a cozy weekend getaway.
Never one to every shy away from a metaphor, this was just the right wine for the lodge weekend. Both the wine and the lodge are the perfect balance of refined and rustic. Hikes, falls and outdoor activities are met with the lodge’s spa, fine dining and pillowy beds. The wine is earthy and rustic, with good acidity and tannins.
This 2014 Washington sangio is fruit-forward, soft, subtle, then you’re struck by savory flavors and grippy tannins that remind you you’re drinking an Italian grape. It’s smells like strawberry and leather. Tastes like cherry tart, strawberry, tomato, with savory flavors of herbs and olive.
Saying that I felt cozy is an understatement. After a massage, facial and an hour spent in the sauna and hot tub, an evening in a robe with a bottle of wine and a fireplace warmed every inch. I just wish that could be every weekend until June.
Walla Walla Vintners Sangiovese
Region: Columbia Valley & Walla Walla Valley