The Labor Day holiday is upon us – where did our summer go? For some, the three-day weekend is another reason to extend the fun with neighborhood barbecues, a last family trip to the lake or beach, or a quick trip to visit out-of-state friends. The true reason we have this special day may be an afterthought.
Intended to be an annual yearly national tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers by the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. The union encouraged like-minded organizations in other cities to follow their example and two years later, the first Monday in September was selected as a legal holiday by an act of Congress. What would this country be without the strength and leadership of American workers? The traditional ideals of freedom, strength, and leadership have been propelled forward by the hard-working men and women in our great country. It’s only right that we honor them – not only this weekend, but each day.
Cheers to a Labor Day weekend of reflection and delicious sips of the red, white, and brut!
Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2014 ($30) – All of the grape varieties (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc) were sourced from Murietta’s Well estate vineyards in Livermore Valley, California. All of the vineyards are farmed block by block in order to “ensure optimal flavor and fruit expression”. Each variety was fermented individually in stainless steel then pumped over several times daily; the purpose is to maintain fruit flavors and provide texture in the finished product. The blend was aged for 24 months in French oak. And the wine! Aromas and flavors of vanilla, blueberries, cranberries, pomegranate, rugged oak, and baking spice were lifted by a foundation of anything-but-shy tannins and bright acidity. Texture and structure were the words in this notably balanced wine that offered a persistent finish. Complement a juicy rib-eye, sizzling shish kebob, or roast beef with this memorable wine from Murrieta’s Well.
Cheers! ~ Cindy