Reininger’s 2003 Desiderata Celebrates with Our Newest (honorary) Wine Club Member!
One of our favorite things about creating beautiful wines is being able to share them with people. Most of the time, we never hear about the meal they ate or the occasion they marked with our wine, but when we do it is very special to us. We recently received an email from two of our wine club members announcing the birth of their child, a very happy occasion, indeed!
We wanted to let you know that upon returning home from the hospital, we promptly cracked our bottle of the Desiderata to celebrate! It was a spectacular wine, and we took a picture that symbolizes not only the very beginning of our family’s strive for happiness and beauty, or our desiderata, but it also signifies a new generation of wine lovers…particularly that of Reininger’s.
We are honored to be able to have been a part of such a special day, and we wish them all the best in health and happiness and as many nights of good sleep as possible (especially the last part for the next few months…)!
The 2003 Reininger Desiderata is one of Chuck’s wines that made the rest of us a little nervous. Not that we don’t trust him, but after 58 months (yes…that is nearly 5 years!) of aging in the barrel followed by 30 months in the bottle, we thought maybe he was just a little too attached. Of course, we were wrong, as Chuck was waiting for the perfect moment to release this incredible Bordeaux blend, aptly named Desiderata -latin for “desired things” – after the poem he and his wife and fellow owner, Tracy, fell in love with years ago. It’s a velvety smooth, rich, Malbec-driven blend that has phenomenal dark fruits, mellow woodsiness, and a beautifully balanced palate. We are so glad that one of Chuck’s special babies was there to welcome another very special baby into the world.
For those of you who are not familiar, here is the Max Ehrmann poem, Desiderata, for which Chuck named this very special wine.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
- Max Ehrmann