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Slowing down to enjoy wine is always worth it

By Dan & Krista Stockman


We get busy. And it seem the busier we get, the more we try to get done. And then, we’re even busier.

We’re halfway through summer, and it still seems like it was just snowing a few weeks ago. Of course, it doesn’t help that a polar vortex is now upon us.

In any case, what we know when we get too busy is we need to s-l-o-w down. Even if it’s just for a moment, we need to stop, look at each other and remember that we’re busy because we’re having so much fun – most of the time.

Wine helps us do that. Over Independence Day weekend, we turned to three bottles sent to us by the Wagner Family of Wine – Conundrum White, Conundrum Red and Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir. Wagner also makes Caymus, which is pretty amazing.

We first had Conundrum White about 10 years ago. Krista fell in love with it, and she still thinks it’s one of the best white wines out there. Dan thinks it’s overpriced at a suggested retail of $22. Krista will forgive him for that.

Conundrum White is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Viognier and Sémillon and possibly some other grapes, but the winery doesn’t give away the specifics. Krista likes the wine because it is a complex wine without the overwhelming taste of Chardonnay, which she doesn’t like. It has zesty citrus flavors and mellow peach and vanilla flavors all at once. It’s good in the summer, but it would also work as a winter white. Dan likes the wine a lot. He says it has good balance between its tiny touch of sweetness and the nice acidity and it’s complex. He just believes it should be about $12 a bottle – especially because for $22 you can find really astounding whites.

This was our first taste of the Conundrum Red. In fact, before Wagner sent it to us, we didn’t even know it existed. We are glad we tried it. Again, it has a $22 suggested retail price, and like the white, it is a proprietary blend. With the red, they won’t even give a hint of what grapes are used.

We both liked this wine. It’s a fun red on the lighter end of the red spectrum. If you’re looking for a summer red, this will do it. It’s fruit-forward flavors make it a great wine to sip on the back porch, but the acids are strong enough that it stands up to barbecue or pizza.

Saving the best for last (or what we figured would be the best), we tried the Meiomi Pinot Noir. This was a strong Pinot, although not much like a traditional Pinot. You should expect Pinot Noir to be delicate and often a little funky in the smell and earthy in the taste. Meiomi is not that kind of Pinot. Meiomi is fresh and fruity and, dare we say, even a little bold. It was different, and we like that.

With every bottle we opened, it gave us an opportunity to slow down and think about the wines in front of us. Too often, as busy humans, we forget to do that. And if it takes a $22 bottle of wine to remind you to slow down, then it’s worth every penny.