A Sense of Time and Place – Early Purity and Elegance

Flowers in bloom are tough to come by in New Jersey this time of year.  Though it has been a mild winter, most of the shoots and growth we see thus far will not be producing flowers for another few weeks at the earliest.  However, as we inch closer with anticipation to warmer and longer days, there are a few harbingers of Spring hidden below our feet.  Both snow drops and crocuses are in full bloom – tucked away beneath the trees and last season’s leaves.  At no other time of year, at least in New Jersey, do these flowers appear.  And their vibrance, purity and simplicity preserve a sense of a time that comes only once a year – the time when we eagerly await the return of birds, bloom and perhaps a glass of something delicious with the windows open – if only for a few hours.

Snow Drops - Photo Credits: Teroldego & Tomatoes

Crocuses - Photo Credits: Teroldego & Tomatoes

And during this time of year, it’s not quite warm enough to abandon the reds in your cellar.  But as we look forward to rosé season, less brooding styles seem appropriate.  Last night we cracked open a couple of value bottles from two of my favorite California producers – Qupe and Tablas Creek.  The Central Coast Syrah from Qupe is a prime example that large appellation wines can still taste of a specific place as the wine was clean, elegant and pure.  The Patelin de Tablas from Tablas Creek is a delicious California equivalent to a Cotes du Rhone with concentrated and focused Paso Robles primary fruit.

Rhone Alive and Well in California