Wine # 8. On the 8th Night of Croatian Vino…

Drinking at the hair salon?

I personally don’t see anything wrong with it. As a matter of fact, I don’t see any point whatsoever in sitting there after 4 p.m. without a glass of wine in hand. Lucky for me I have a great little neighborhood spot, with Silvija, queen of the tresses, on hand. And if her boss is out of sight, or better yet, on ski break, we break too.  That is to say, break out the vino.

As promised (to the girls), a “before” style pic.

Tonight we were on a mission to have a good time.  It was my mom’s last night visiting me in Croatia, she was to board the plane and head back to the States in the morning, wrapping up our too-short time together.  So we started the evening at the salon in the company of a few other girlfriends. The girls and I sometimes make overlapping appointments there just so we have a chance to see each other, and we take over the place with appetizers and wine, much to the bemusement of the local clientele.  Our stylist, also part of the clan, joins in by bringing things to munch on and providing the secret stash of wine glasses. She maintains our confidence by abstaining from the wine, a strictly Don’t Drink and Cut/Color policy. And for that we thank her.

The Grimalda amongst companion bottles

So tonight we gathered, and opened a bottle of Matošević  Grimalda Red 2009, a lovely wine I’ve had before, which comes from Istria’s Limski Canal area, made by the friendly and fun Ivica Matošević.  In our mixed bag of wine tumblers it showed a pretty red-purple color and displayed great minerality and a mix of berry notes, with pretty blackberry and plum taking the lead, and hints of cranberry, cocoa and gunflint.  For me this is a very enjoyable bottle of red wine, totally balanced in its mouthfeel and  flavors without being overpowering in the slightest.  Tonight we drank it for our in-salon happy hour on its own, but I would love to try this wine with something fun like black bean enchiladas or chicken mole where the hints of cocoa could play together. This wine is a blend of Merlot (85%) and Istria’s native Teran (15%).

Mom and her fab new hair

Go grab a few bottles to have around the house, and make sure you have extra on hand. This also makes a savvy gift if you need one, the recipient will love both the hipster label and the great juice!

To you and your great hair, we raise a glass.  Cheers!

One thought on “Wine # 8. On the 8th Night of Croatian Vino…

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