Don’t Mess with the Bull, You’ll Get the Horns

I have always loved holiday dinners with family and friends. Many people would agree with me, but not necessarily for the same reason. They are wonderful occasions, having everyone around one big table surrounded by an array of delicious home-cooked dishes that never seem to end. But the reason I love them the most is because I always get to bring the wine! Having the full freedom to choose whatever selection I think will best complete a meal and joining in on a truly satisfying pairing is a wonderful experience.

Last night, Wednesday September 20th, was the first night of Rosh Hashanah, “head of the beginning”; the Jewish New Year celebrated to commemorate the creation of the world. Our annual holiday feast was headlined with a hearty brisket and savoury roasted chicken. To pair with these dishes, I wanted to choose a versatile wine that would stand up to the red meat but nicely compliment the tenderness of the chicken.

Black juicy fruit, vanilla spice, and a touch of sweet oak. Intense, well balanced and medium-bodied. Soft tannins, refreshing acidity and easy drinking. The 2015 Osborne Solaz is an elegant blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Thomas Osborne founded the Osborne winery at the end of the 18th century in Puerto de Santa Maria, a “municipality located on the banks of the Guadalete River in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain.” Now, major an international business group, Osborne has bought many wineries, founded the Osborne Foundation and produces brilliant wines vintage after vintage.

In 2000, the company launched one of the largest winemaking project in Europe, Bodegas Osborne and created the Solaz brand. The Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon blend has been recognized for many renown international awards, perfectly representing the Osborne name.

The Osborne Foundation “encourages training and entrepreneurship among young people to preserve and disseminate Osborne’s historic heritage.” As a result, their wines reflect the unique terroir of their family-owned vineyards and proudly represent the history and heritage of over 200 years in winemaking.

The Osborne Bull, the Foundations icon, “is now admired worldwide and is, without doubt, the most internationally recognized symbol of Spain”

I would share some of the Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon with you, but there wasn’t a drop left in the bottle after dinner. You will have to buy your own!