J Cuvee 20 and Solitude

By a lovely twist of fates, I had a weekend to myself.  I began my day, waking up in glorious solitude.  I listened for my meadowlark who sings to the skies most days, as I sipped on morning coffee under the covers.

The house was hushed, paused almost.

I was giddy. Contentment spread over me like a blanket.

I spent a good part of my day lounging in the patio chair reading, drifting between stories from Alaska, poetry, fashion magazines.

Amid mundane tasks during the day–laundry, chopping veggies, painting my nails blue–I opened a bottle of sparkling wine. 

Bubbles and solitude make fine partners.

Not just any bottle of bubbly, mind you, I opened a sparkling wine from one of my most beloved wineries, J Vineyards and Winery from Sonoma County.

J Winery was founded by Judy Jordan, a second generation vintner, who grew up in the Jordan Winery, led by her father Tom Jordan.  In 1986, Judy founded her own winery, J Vineyards & Winery, specializing in sparkling wine from the cool Russian River Valley.  The winery has grown to include site specific varietals, especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and is known as a pioneer in the concept of the food and wine experience.

The J Cuvee 20 Brut was created to celebrate 20 years of winemaking, and blends 55% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Meunier. 

The wine fills the glass with frothy bubbles, which continue to bubble joyfully until the glass is empty.

Rich aromas of almonds, yeast and vanilla cream are abundant.

The wine opens with bright lemon citrus followed by yeasty notes and ripe pear.  Caramel and almond add richness mid-palate and it wraps up with lively, citrusy acidity! 

The vivacity and complexity of the J Cuvee 20 made it a pleasurable partner whether I was contentedly reading, listening to birds, or folding laundry.

Finally, as evening came and raindrops fell just enough to make glistening patterns,

and enough to coax out bunnies to nibble on plump blades of grass,

my Meadowlark began its joyful song.

Enjoying with no one but yourself;
Reading a good book on the patio;
Anyone who enjoys a crisp, brut-style, domestic sparkling wine.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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