One of those moments…

Do you ever have those moments in life where you think to yourself… “Holy crap- how did I get here?”  or “When did I become so grown up, so responsible?”  or maybe “When did hangovers hurt so bad?”  This past couple weeks have been moments like these… I feel grown up- not broken and need someone to hold my hand- but decision making, tax paying, accomplished in life grown up.

I’m not gonna lie to you- I am kinda enjoying it…

So what was it?  Well, try not laugh, but it was the little things… my new website, a random Saturday night dinner with no recipe, and a tough workout.  It’s Sunday night and I am thinking to myself… “damn, it feels good to be grown up!”

photo 3This is really an accomplishment… if you know me and you know how RIDICULOUSLY bad I am at anything internet, social media, etc.  You know just how big a deal this is!  I managed (with the amazing platform Squarespace) to actually redesign From Vine to Wine’s website.  I have never wanted my own business and quite frankly never thought I had the personality to do it, but after this accomplishment- I am feeling good!  I can take on anything!  So I did!  I have a NEW booking platform as well that I was able to incorporate into my website with the MARVELOUS help of my new friends at Checkfront!  There are still some tweaks to be made here and there, but I am really proud of myself.

photo 2 Then came this dinner… I mean, it’s just a dinner, but I really enjoy finding recipes and making complex dinners and am completely unable to just ‘throw something together’.  My husband is great at looking in the cupboards and making great things from nothing- me not so much.  But lazy Saturday night came and all I wanted was a nice hot meal is this freezing Lyon weather and a bottle of wine to warm me up.  So, I attempted to throw together pork tenderloin in a herbs de provence, onion, garlic, carrot thing with chunky mashed potatoes and (what we like to call) an American salad.  And it was really tasty!

Paired it with a GREAT AOP Minervois Otonis from Les Celliers d’Onairac.  A small wine with a big heart comprised of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Mourvedre.  It is balanced in tannin and fruit, creating a warm mix for a variety of flavors.  photo 1And… because I do have a tendency to eat and drink a bit… I have once again started Fitness Blender and MAN is it KICKING my BUTT!  My apologies for the photo… but I tell you it was just a good workout!  I couldn’t walk correctly for the entire week I was so SORE!

There are certain things in life that make up feel good.  For me, and I assume most people, when my life is together and well rounded I am doing well.  That means that work is moving forward and I am feeling accomplished in my tasks, my husband is well fed and I can sit down at the table with him to share a meal and good wine, and when my body is NOT expanding ;).  This week was a good week for all those things and I feel grown up.

Sometimes it is just good to dwell on the positive things.

Voila…

Val des Rois 2010 Valréas

Valéras

Val de Rois 2010 Valréas

Côte du Rhône Village

Out with a friend Friday night for a little dinner and wine- nothing fancy and we didn’t want to think to much, but it was Friday, both are other half’s where out, and we weren’t about to cook, we also weren’t about to pay an arm and a leg to eat out. So we settled at a little place at the bottom of Croix Rousse, near the Rhone River. Nothing to write home about, but we did have a really simple, easy drinking bottle of red. And can you guess what it was?!? Yep- Côte du Rhône, shocking I know.

Quick notes-

This wine comes from a small village in the Southern Côte du Rhône near Vinsobres, called Valréas. It is made with 75% grenache noir and 25% syrah. It started out pretty spicy on the tongue… really bright with dark fruits. Not at all was I was expecting from this little region. There was not a lot of finish, that was something I was expecting, but was happily surprised by the linger on the tongue. It was chalky… made me want food.

Fortunately, I had choosen ad chorizo pasta and the spicy chorizo with the wine worked wonderfully! My friend however chose salmon pasta and the wine pairing was (and I quote her) ‘well, the wine takes over completely’. Hahaha- an example of the food being good, the wine being good, but when put together- I think it killed her meal.