|Hob Nob / 2008 Merlot|
Last night, our glass of Hob Nob complimented a stay-at-home dinner meal of Pop-Up General Store Ribollita soup (Tuscan bean, bread and kale), Mike the bejkr's Pain Biologique whole grain bread, greens salad with a vinaigrette dressing, fresh California strawberries and a freshly-baked Bakesale Betty chocolate chip cookie. A friend of mine from Minnesota says Languedoc wines are becoming hip, again.
With a new-found nod to hipness, our Hob Nob provided a soft, but memorable finish to an enjoyable meal ~ and, made staying home out of the rain all the more worthwhile.
I took the time to read the back of the cool, eye-catching label ~ there's always an interesting story to discover ~ and it provided an interesting "backstory" about Hob Nob that's worth sharing:
* HOB NOB pronounced \HAHB-nahb\
* 1. Origin. 18th Century: Two people or more drinking to each other ~ through the clinking of glasses and rubbing elbows ~ in toast and celebration.
* 2. To associate familiarly: chum around.
* 3. An informal sociable meeting or get together: a gathering/party hybrid.
* 4. The perfect wine for successfully accomplish all of the above with style.
* Blackcurrant, blackberry, mind and licorice, soft finish.
Further, Hob Nob's website provided this profile for its Merlot:
* Mood ~ Dynamic
* Orientation ~ Marinara sauces, Filet Mignon, roast veal and chocolate
* Character ~ Rich like a black currant cobbler
* Social mastery ~ Favorite chapter is "Crisis"
* Book ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
* Music ~ Miles Davis
Wine.com describes the 2008 Hob Nob Merlot as "rich as a black-currant cobbler," and "screams of ripe plum and blackberry aromas mixed with hints of mint and licorice."
I found it to be a very delightful pour and look forward to enjoying it again, soon. With an eye-catching label and a budget-affordable price of only $9.99 at Berkeley Bowl West, what's not to love?