How is it already January? The holidays FLEW by and it’s 2015 already! How did that happen?! I feel like we skipped December. I’d like to do it again. Also, because December was amazing! Not only did we get to spend Christmas (and New Years) in Hawaii, we also got to celebrate our wedding with a second reception! Oh and three of my very best friends, two of Jeff’s brothers and his sister in law all joined us. Not only were Jeff’s brother and sister in law celebrating their 10-year anniversary, but also two of my closest friends got engaged while we were all together! It was probably my favorite trip to Hawaii yet.
It takes an entire day of traveling to get there, but thankfully the Seattle airport is probably the best place to waste a long layover. After a six-hour flight without reclining seats, we were pretty pumped to land in Seattle, especially since the entire airport was filled with the Christmas Spirit! The gate staff gave us goodie bags, Santa was rolling around on a golf cart, and Rudolf and the Gingerbread Man were dancing around keeping everyone entertained.
So first we grabbed a quick drink or two while we decide what we wanted to eat.. and a refreshing glass of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc was exactly what I needed! Sweet notes of pink grapefruit are balanced by a bright, crisp acidity. Then we headed over to Anthony’s for some fish tacos and burgers. Then, since we had another 4 hours to kill, we headed over to my favorite spot in any airport: Vino Volo! Not only can you sit and sip wine and have small bites of food, but you can also purchase bottles. And if they’ve got a screw cap, they’re perfectly for discreetly drinking on the plane.. (Not that I’m condoning that). Anyways, most of Vino Volo’s locations are in airport terminals, but they do have one in Maryland that’s outside the airport. So, we spent most of the rest of our layover here – we had a few flights and a few glasses before heading to our gate.
2010 Argyle Brut, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ~$45/bottle – Soft aromas of vanilla, spiced pear and fresh bread. The palate is lively and textured with soft notes of lemon, cream and green apple. (3.5/5)
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, Mendocino, California ~$30 – Full and creamy with vibrant notes of peach, pear and tropical fruits. The palate is rich with elegant notes of pastry dough, caramel and hazelnut. (4/5)
Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Brut, Chenin Blanc, Saumur, France ~$35 – Light and crisp with notes of lemon, green apple and spring blossoms. The palate is refreshing with fine bubbles and a crisp finish. (3/5)
2013 Domaine Sorin Terra Amata, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Cotes de Provence, France ~$30 – This rosé offers fresh aromas of watermelon, strawberry and grapefruit. The palate is smooth with balanced notes of summertime fruits, rhubarb and strawberry flowers with a long, fresh finish. (3/5)
Willamette Pinot Noir Flight
2013 Trisaetum Pinot Noir ~$45 – Soft notes of strawberry, blackberry and vanilla lead to a rich and elegant palate of vanilla and strawberry. The palate is textured with velvety tannins and a soft acidity. (4.5/5)
2012 Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir ~$50 – Soft aromas of red currant, strawberry and dried flowers. The palate is medium bodied with bitter cherry and red berry flavors. Silky tannins are balanced by notes of licorice on the long finish. (3/5)
2012 Stoller Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir ~$35 – Full aromas of raspberry, spice and clove. The palate is soft with notes of sweet baking spices, soft tannins and a lingering note of red berries. (4/5)
2012 Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ~$60 – Creamy and supple with notes of cassis, cherry, black raspberry and cedar. The palate is soft with ripe tannins, a firm acidity and notes of sweet baking spices. (4/5)
2011 Southward Lawrence Vineyard, Grenache Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington ~$35 – Full aromas of fresh berries and dark earth lead to a balanced and bright palate. Soft earth notes are balanced by strawberries and olives. Balanced and lovely. (4.5/5)
2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington ~$45 – Full aromas of baking spices, blackberry and earth. The palate is full-bodied with dark notes of spice, leather, blackberry and earth. (3.5/5)
2010 Buty Beast Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington ~$50 – Rich and full with aromas of blackberry, spice and dried herbs. The palate offers dark fruits with rich, full tannins and a complex finish of blackberry and spice. (3.5/5)
2011 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California ~$75 – Aromas of baked cherry, blackberry and currant. The palate is balanced and elegant with layered notes of chocolate, ripe berries and cassis. (4.5/5)
And we haven’t even made it to Hawaii yet! More on our actual vacation and what we drank soon..