One week into the New Year, and I’m feeling like a failure in the ‘resolutions’ department. I believe circumstances are partially to blame (how the heck can you turn down homemade peanut butter cups for breakfast), but I also fault phrasing. By definition, ‘resolution’ means a firm pronouncement to do or not to do something. I am capable of making solid decisions, and I am extremely qualified to make firm decisions on behalf of my children. However, to definitively say that I will cut back on peanut butter cups or wine or watching “The Real Housewives” is ludicrous. Just the idea that I can’t have or do something only makes me want it more! I decided to tweak the whole ‘resolution’ thing into something I can get on board with: ‘alignment’.
An alignment is a process of adjusting pieces so that everything is working in a line or in a proper relative position. In other words, balance. I love wine, and I absolutely need it, so I thought that rather than give any of it up, I’d align it with my goals for 2012: everything in moderation …except laughter, love, and presence. I decided to review an organic European wine: for those aligning heart-healthy habits with sanity and consumption. The Rosso Piceno Superiore Monteprandone is an organic, Italian Sangiovese blend that is both dense and well-aligned….or balanced.
Prescription: “In the spirit of the whole, “New Year: New Me” thought process, I will NOT eat all 3 chocolate bars. I will have only one to go with my 2 glasses of organic wine and 1 episode of reality TV.
My husband and I plucked this one over a NY Strip Steak dinner and it paired VERY nicely. My date described it as “meaty” and I know he wasn’t describing the dinner; he sure as schnapps better not have been talking about me either.
See Jane see: The color is a nice red.
See Jane Swirl: Long legs that stick around for a while. Think Katie Holmes.
See Jane Smell: Very fragrant nose of plums, vanilla, black cherries, and spices.
See Jane Sip: Dark fruit hits first…plums and cherries. An interesting and satisfying blend.
See Jane Swallow: Balanced and full-bodied with a long finish.
Rating: In the spirit of realignment into the organic world, I would rate this 3.75 out of 5 kids driving me to drink this worthy.
Pairing: with a meaty date, peanut butter cup(s), moderation, and that 2012 alignment.