(Yes... another blog about wines.)
One of the best wedding gift we were given was a case of wine. Chateauneuf-du-Pape. D's brother gave us the wine with specific instructions to drink a bottle on special anniversaries. We are supposed to watch and reflect on how both the wine and our relationship age. What a great gift! Love it when creative and generous people buy something not on your registry. We were truly touched and surprised by this gift.
We have chosen to open a bottle on our first, third, fifth, tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth anniversaries. This means that we recently enjoyed our second bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This time around the wine tasted very peppery. It is a wine that we truly enjoyed. And we can only hope that it'll get better with age. I vaguely remember that we thought the first bottle (which we drank in 2007) was very fruity. Unfortunately, I don't think we wrote down our reflections about our first bottle of wine. So there will be no comparisons made between bottles one and two. However, stay tuned for our reflections after we open bottle number three in February of 2011.