A little introduction for our readers…
“My love of food and wine began as a young girl. My parents loved to entertain, and I always helped Mom with the party preparations. Not surprisingly, when I grew up I owned and operated a boutique bar and restaurant in Washington, DC’s historic U Street corridor, for nearly two decades. I went on to study wine with the International Sommelier Guild, earning my sommelier degree in 2006. Since then I’ve conducted numerous seminars, tastings, and wine dinners for both corporate and private clients. This is my first blog post, and I’m thrilled that it’s for my talented and delightful friends Katie and Jake.” -Cecily Barber
Who You Calling Old!
Written by Cecily Barber
A couple of years ago, my 79 year old Mom handed me a big box of old booze from her liquor cabinet when she downsized into a manageable apartment. There were big bottles and miniatures – some open and half drunk, some still sealed – plus several bottles of wine my parents had acquired over the years. Occasionally, I’d open one up out of curiosity. Some were long gone, but a few had surprising life left in them. And so it was with the 1991 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva my husband and I enjoyed the other night.
“Wines are like all living things, constantly changing and evolving, expressing different characteristics of their personalities along the way. I think this wine was telling me that sometimes age is just a number. I’ll drink to that!” -Cecily Barber
1991 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva Indicative blend: Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Also known as Herederos del Marques de Riscal. Wine Spectator 85/100