The first wine club that we joined after moving to Santa Barbara county was Beckmen Winery. They make some very nice Rhone varietals and have even had one of their grenaches chosen as a wine for a white house dinner. We discontinued our wine club membership a few years ago - not because the wines aren't wonderful but because there are so many wonderful wineries here in the Santa Ynez Valley. We still have a number of their wines in our "cellar." They produce some wonderful syrahs and grenaches in their biodynamic vineyards. They do grow some white varietals and a few other reds as well but are known for the Rhone reds. If you're ever in the Santa Ynez Valley, their tasting room is well worth a visit.
Tonight for Mother's Day, I made a nice dinner for Cheryl - filet mignon and zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and Romano cheese. For desert I made cannoli (I purchased the shells and made the filling). We opened a bottle of 2005 Beckmen Purisima, their flagship wine which is a blend of grenache and syrah from their best grapes, and is only made in the best of vintages. What a wonderful wine! It reminded me why we joined their wine club. We have another '05, two '07s, and 2 '08s. I expect that each bottle will be wonderful too.
Neither of our children were with us for dinner as both have partners and they needed to be with their families. They were all in church this morning though - Alexis, her husband Christian and my favorite person in the whole world, my grandson Corwin, and John and Monique (who is due in September with my second grandchild - a girl who will also be my favorite person in the whole world). I'm concerned about the future, especially for John, Monique, and Khloe, but I am feeling so blessed to see my family and to know everything we share. More than anything I am thankful for Cheryl, for all that she does for her children, and most of all just for who she is. The Purisima is an expensive bottle of wine (at least for us) but it was more than worth it to drink it in celebration of Cheryl and the family she has birthed.