“We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.” – Chris Rose.
There are no better words to describe New Orleans or New Orleanians, in my opinion. And it perfectly describes the wine and feel at Flambeaux Vineyard.
Last weekend, my husband and I spent the most amazing weekend in wine country with the makers of Flambeaux Wine, in Healdsburg, California. The Murray family, originally from New Orleans, is extraordinarily gracious and kind, and you can see their heart in every sight you see, and every drop of wine you taste. They bring the fun spirit of New Orleans, and marry it perfectly with the heavenly grapes of Sonoma county, with the help of their outstanding winemaker and vineyard manager. Their vineyard is breathtaking and their wine outstanding!! We got a chance to try their 2014 Flambeaux Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as 2014 Flambeaux Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Phenomenal. Their wines are fresh, with all the complexities expected from a great wine. Both wines are available for pre-order, for delivery in December.
WHAT ARE FLAMBEAUX?
The tradition of Flambeaux lighting New Orleans’ Mardi Gras night parades emerged in the mid-1850s. The name comes from the French word flambe, meaning “flame.” Dressed like Bedouin traders in robes and turbans fashioned from bed sheets to protect them from dripping torch fuel, the Flambeaux marched, or more accurately danced, beside the floats to illuminate the whimsical or satirical parade decorations on poorly-lit 19th century streets.
Since the advent of electrical street lights, Flambeaux, of course, are no longer necessary. However, since Mardi Gras is not about necessity, but fun, the Flambeaux have continued to march in night parades, dancing and twirling their torches to the delight of the crowd.
They are the light of the New Orleans Carnival.
(written by my talented friend, S.M., for flambeauxwine.com)
PC (vineyard): Flambeaux Wine
PC (me): the husband