A glass of '98 Dry River Craighall Amaranth riesling and suddenly my day improved. It started out badly, very badly. I decided to get a couple of tickets for Cirque de Soliel to give to Chris for Christmas. From time to time he earns his living doing this
....that's him in the blue shorts....and this
..him again in the black outfit. (Click on the photos to get a larger picture.)
So you can see getting really good seats was important. Sadly I was too late for the best seats and had to settle for Row G.
Then I noticed a major store had a 30% off women's clothing for the day. I gathered a few items together and went to the changing rooms. As I was removing a shirt over my head the swing tag flicked back and the corner hit me in the eye. Wow that hurt I said to myself and continued with the next outfit. My eye felt a little watery as you would expect. When I looked up to see my reflection in the mirror this creature from a horror movie stared back at me. The white of my eye was completely red. More than a little concerned I hurriedly got back into my own clothes and walked down the street to my doctor. Seems the tag hit a blood vessel which caused the eye to bleed. Apparently it is like a bruise and will go purple and then yellow before I look normal again.
Back home and I managed to burn the first batch of crostini I was preparing to serve with a topping of sour cream and salmon.
So how was the riesling you ask. Brilliant. I'd invited a wine industry friend and his wife over because I knew he would appreciate it. He always brings great wines when he visits so he deserved to be rewarded. I was given the honor of tasting the first mouthful. Bliss. I felt a smile spread over my face. Thankfully it wasn't corked. It took alittle while for the aromas to come through and when they did they were quite minerally. The taste was citrusy with lots of lime and lemon flavours with a hint of honey and a long finish. A little too dry for Bryan but the rest of us loved it.
Visit the winery web page and read the production notes here.