Late summer wine.

Tomorrow Brendan heads back to Edmonton where he will teach math at the University of Alberta;  and the day after that, John and I will go up to the Nicola Valley with Forrest and Manon for a few days before they fly back to Ottawa and their jobs with the Canadian Heraldic Authority. They’d all come out to the coast to join my family near Tofino to send my parents off in a grand way. Cristen and Angelica came up from Victoria for the occasion and it was great to have us all in one house, eating well and telling jokes, walking together…

Tonight John brought out a bottle of Desert Hills Mirage 2006 to drink with dinner. What a wonderful wine! Plums and other dark fruit, chocolate, deep colour – we swirled our glasses and drank deeply, exclaiming that it might even be the best wine we’d ever had. Ideal with lamb or beef, I thought, though we were drinking it with barbequed pork rubbed with garlic and ancho chillies, which actually matched the wine quite well. We love the Desert Hills Gamay and generally have some bottles on hand but this Mirage is extraordinary. We intend to visit the winery in late September and hope to buy a case or two of excellent reds to see us through the winter.

As I write, the others are crowded around a small fire by the garden, sipping brandy and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. The older we get, the more seductive the flavours of childhood, and I hope also the location where childhood happened: these 8 ½ acres with familiar trees, beloved corners (a dry bluff overlooking the orchard, the upper deck with shady reading areas by the grape vines), the predictable hills to the west where the sun sets in a last bloom of red and orange.

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~ by theresakishkan on August 30, 2011.

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