Happy Year of the Horse

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! This is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, which has to be better than the Year of the Rat, just ended. (But enough about politics.) Having married into a Chinese family, we usually celebrate with a hot pot meal with way too much food and wine (not an unusual thing at our house). That will be Friday night this year for personal scheduling reasons. Tonight, to mark New Year’s Eve, I decided to open the Canoe Ridge Vineyards “The Expedition” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington state’s Columbia Valley. It’s an excellent wine, with ripe dark fruit flavors and a hint of mocha from the oak.

Of course, we could have opened any number of horse-themed wines. Iron Horse sparkling wines would be a perfect celebration. Wild Horse. Cheval des Andes. Firesteed. I’ll probably think of several more after posting this – Which are your favorite horse wines?


About Dave McIntyre

Wine columnist for The Washington Post, co-founder of DrinkLocalWine.com, and blogger at Dave McIntyre's WineLine (dmwineline.com).
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