Wine for your weekend: The Architect

Ever gotten a good “theme” bottle of wine? My husband’s name is Josh, and when Josh Cellars began to get popular, he got at least 5 bottles from people for various birthdays and holidays. We happen to like Josh wine, so that’s a big win.

When we got married, a friend put together a wine basket for us, with each wine chosen corresponding to a different event in our lives. They all had clever, themed names. For example, the wine for our first fight was “Chasing Tornados” and the wine for when we learned we were pregnant with our first child was a “Menage a Trois.” A good themed bottle of wine can be a clever (and potentially classy) edition to a celebration or dinner party, provided you know that what’s coming out of the bottle is as enjoyable as the clever label. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a case of “The Bachelor: Final Rose” wine meant for girls night, that always kind of gets looked over because for whatever reason, it causes a wicked headache the next morning!

The weekend’s wine is a themed wine to kick off September here on the blog. Throughout the month of September, Friday wine posts will continue, along with the weekly house updates. In between there will be five additional posts in a series I’ve called “Built to Last: How building a house has built up our marriage and faith” and will be reflective personal essays about five parts of the building process that have unfolded thus far, and what they’ve taught us about life and each other. I’m pretty excited about it. I hope you will be too!

But this is a wine post, a themed wine post, so your corresponding wine for this weekend is: The Architect Cabernet Sauvignon! 


Ha ha! Good chuckle over the cleverness of picking a building themed wine to go with the “Built to Last” preview. But let’s talk about what’s inside the bottle…the wine itself. First off, this is going to be a wine for those of you who like a good scavenger hunt, because it’s a bit tricky to find. The latest released vintage of the Cabernet Sauvignon is 2013, so that gives you a starting point. If you look to order it online, that’s the one most readily available.

It’s going to run you a bit more than your average grab and go grocery store variety, coming in between $25-$50 a bottle depending on where you find it and whether or not you have to have it shipped from somewhere. We scored it on a super deal one day, and so it was a must try. But even if you pay a bit more, you’re paying for good quality. The color and flavor are dark, deep, and rich with lots of dark fruit, stone fruit, and a woodiness that’s closer to smoky cedar than oak. It has an incredibly long finish that one reviewer’s tasting note described as “unctuous.”

I don’t know that I’d go quite so far, but it does definitely linger!

The tasting notes and other reviewers overwhelming suggest a red meat pairing. Roast, filet mignon, and tenderloin would all be excellent options to round out a truly rich and savory meal. To my taste, as an after dinner wine, I’d throw some flourless chocolate cake it’s way and coat my palette in the lingering flavors of cocoa and Cab all night long!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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