This post has been sponsored by Lasorda Family Wines. The following message is intended for persons 21+. All opinions expressed are my own.
Dress up your summer tablescape with these easy, elegant Fried Zucchini Blossoms and a glass of Lasorda wine!
There’s a cliché that runs roughly “What would you do if you know that you were guaranteed success?” In other words, in the absence of the fear of failure, what are you passionate about? It’s the sort of ‘power motto’ that you see plastered on the walls of Silicon Valley tech headquarters or recited at business meetings, where this sentiment breaks down barriers to innovation and creativity while encouraging calculated risk-taking.
On a more material level, however, we see answers to this question in the form of ‘Passion Projects.’ Think of the long line of comedy greats who tried their hands at ‘serious’ roles, or of the countless authors who attempted write under pseudonyms for the purpose of ‘putting to page something meaningful,’ and so and so forth.
Former baseball great Tommy Lasorda, for example, developed a taste and passion for wine early in his life, and following his career on the diamond, he put that passion to practice in the form of Lasorda Family Wines – who contacted me early last month asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of their bottles. Naturally, I agreed and received a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Paso Robles AVA in California.
With the formalities out of the way, let’s see how the wine itself fairs – and if passion has transformed itself into success.
To start, the wine introduces itself with a bouquet that I’ll describe as ‘dark,’ featuring sliced blackberry notes, which are grounded firmly in earthy tones of dry driftwood or antique oak or cedar. Deeper into the glass, notes of chocolate and perhaps just a hint of spice become discernable. On sampling, the wine becomes a very ‘by the book’ sturdy cabernet, featuring a rich and full mouthfeel carrying an assortment of dark berries such as raspberry and currants, framed in ever-present earthen qualities, which translate into a long and pleasant finish.
For pairing, think prime rib roasts, sirloin, spicy red sauces over pasta, and herbed shark steaks. This could also pair nicely with an aged cheese platter accompanied by artisan bread with infused oil.
Overall, I was very pleased with Lasorda Wines, and can wholeheartedly recommend it to my readers.