Sip of the Day
January 18, 2021
Day #18 of the year.
Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Merlot
Peking Duck dates back to the Ming Dynasty, about 600 years ago, and it was one of many celebratory dishes on the royal court menu. Thankfully, for us common folk it has trickled down to our menus, and if you are lucky to live near a Chinese neighborhood you can easily pick one up and enjoy it at home. I plan to visit Chinatown in NYC before the Chinese New Year on February 12th and welcome the Year of the Rat with a feast that the NYC Pizza Rat would envy. To complement this royal dish, I have selected a bottle of Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Merlot, which with its savory, bold structure and hints of dried herbs, along with aromas of deep blackberry and black cherry, melds beautifully with the gaminess of the duck meat and the sweetness of the Hoisin sauce – gān bēi (cheers)!