June 21st: Cuckoo Warning Day
Have you heard the call of the cuckoo yet?
According to The Ultimate Holiday Site, if you hear the call of a cuckoo bird on June 21, there’s a wet summer ahead. We’re not sure where this superstition came from or whether or not it’s true, but we do know that, in Europe (where cuckoos spend their spring and summer after wintering in Africa), the call of the cuckoo is a welcoming indicator that spring is here and the green grass and warmth of summer are just around the corner.
If you’re in Europe and hear the call of the cuckoo bird today (or any time between early April and late June), consider yourself lucky, as Europe has recently seen a decline in cuckoo birds. But a lucky few have reported cuckoo soundings and sightings since April.
If you don’t live in a region inhabited by the cuckoo bird, find a cuckoo clock or practice making your own cuckoo call.
Whether or not you hear the cuckoo’s song, celebrate the good news the cuckoo bird brings with William Wordsworth’s poem, “To the Cuckoo” found at this website:
Which wine to drink on June 21st:
How about a little Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars Two Birds blend? Check out the article below from the Frugal Wino!
Most people who enjoy wine have a favorite type that they are drawn to. I have many friends who love a rich merlot, a refreshing Oregon pinot gris, or a buttery chardonnay any time of the year; no matter the weather or food they are enjoying. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved red blends. They are so magnetic to me, but I will say with all honesty that many times red blends can be a toss up. Sometimes it seems the winemaker may have just thrown together leftover juice from a variety of grapes, and other times, winemakers are able to create a blend that is a work of art. I am always in search of the perfect blend.
During my usual stroll through the wine section, I spotted a wine that looked quite interesting: Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars Two Birds blend. What originally drew me to it was the label, of course. I loved the use of color and how it prominently displayed that it was from Oregon (making my search extremely convenient!). I decided to give it a try, hoping that it would fulfill my craving for a big, bold red blend. I soon found out I was definitely in luck with this one.
Since the early 1980′s, winemaker Bryan Wilson, owner of Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars, worked at a variety of wineries; including, Benziger Family Winery in Northern California and Silvan/Hinman Vineyards here in the Willamette Valley. Wilson started Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars back in 2006, where he initially started making the Cuckoo’s Nest wines at Foris Vineyards Winery in Cave Junction, Oregon. In the fall of 2007, he accepted the position of winemaker for Foris wines, as well. Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars is named after Wilson’s extensive cuckoo clock collection, including a splash of inspiration from Ken Kesey’s book “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He produces just 700 to 800 cases annually, and he self distributes his entire line-up of wines. This past year, at the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival Wine Competition, the Two Birds blend won a silver medal, along with his 2011 Pinot Gris – I love it when small producers get recognition.
The art on the bottle was not the only thing that drew me to the 2009 Two Birds; I am a big fan of the varietals chosen for the blend, as well. It’s a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Syrah – a very simple blend that offers big flavors. This wine had a smooth mouth feel with a slightly tannic finish. The tannins, which add a little tartness to the finish, come from the bold choice of Cabernet Sauvignon. Plum and blackberries were prevalent throughout and I loved the robustness of this wine. I often like to test out wines without food, and big reds can sometimes be a little overwhelming on the palate. This wine was great on its own, but I can imagine it being a great companion to traditional Italian dishes. Best of all, the cost was only $13.99. Big flavor at a small price, can’t ask for more than that!
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