But there is a reason I've been collecting Christmas gifts since then. I am a member of a Secret Elf gift exchange. This group is made up of West Point Moms from all over the country, and starting on September 1st, we put on our pointy ears and jingling elf hats and send our designated giftee an ornament each month until the big reveal on December 1st. It's so much fun and it gives you total permission to creep on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest accounts to find out what your Giftee likes. So lots of us get ornaments or decorations that are personalized with our Cadet's name and year, that celebrate the breed of doggie we have or highlight our home state.(I can't go into tooooo much detail on this or I may give myself away!)
|Well of course I decorated my walker. |
Well my Elfie did her homework, because my "Christmas" gift for October was a bottle of wine! And not just any wine - it was a doggie themed wine. The card read "This little Elf heard you were not feeling well." Just what the doctor ordered!
,The wine was Portrait of A Mutt Zinfandel (2007, 14.5, California) from the Mutt Lunch Winery. (I'm loving this!) Keeping with the mutt theme, some Carignane is blended into it. It's a very autumnal dusty red color and brings oak and raspberry and some earthy spices to your nose. The taste is doggone wonderful! Warm oak and raspberry and blueberry flow through your mouth when you sip it. There is a tinge of that spice again at the end. It finishes up with warm berries and spices and a some pepper (Mutt says that's the Carignane showing through). When I was making notes to review this wine I wrote "SMOOTH, VELVETY" in really big letters. Obviously, this mutt made quite an impression on me, huh? ( Shopping note: Mutt Lynch is a smaller winery
so the easiest way to get your paws on this might be to order directly from them.)
I have become a big fan of California Zinfandels and this wine just helps to seal my approval. It's really everything you want in a Zinfandel - fruity, but with layers of spice and a kiss of oak. I love the wine, love the doggie theme and love the Elf (whoever she is) who sent it. It was the perfect pick me up after a long and achy summer.
As the label says, “Just because I’m not pedigreed doesn’t mean I’m not a good dog!” VERY good dog! Very wonderful Elf!