Whatever happened to the lazy days of summer? This year it felt like the summer came and went in a hurry. Alas, hustle doesn’t stop and Q4 is upon us and finding the time to decompress after a crazy day is will always be easier said than done. Because most of us are strapped to our smartphones or laptops even after leaving the office, getting separated from the demands of life seem almost unrealistic. Regardless, we all know down time is important for our health and productivity. Meditation is a popular and proven method to achieve mental bliss and total physical relaxation by teaching us to focus on things like breathing for an extended period or listening to our bodies in quiet rooms. Over the years I’ve found other ways to disconnect and recharge from hectic schedules and looming deadlines. As fall approaches be sure to take your health seriously and prioritize it.
Some of favorite meditation techniques include guided writing in my journal or listening to relaxing music with my eyes closed. I even have a few “Go-To’s” for the days I just want stare out of my living room window at the city skyline, and enjoy quality wine with beautiful bouquets of fresh violets or aromas of delicious raspberries. So relaxing! Yea… the alcohol helps too. Here are a few of the wines I love to escape with after a long day.
Robert Mondavi’s Cabernet Sauvignon
This beauty packed with dark fruits of black cherry, plum and blackberry. With the added layers sweet spice, and a touch of sweet tobacco, it’s absolutely intoxicating. Makes for a perfect sipping wine in the fall. I recommend two glasses max because at 15% alcohol you’ll likely do better falling asleep than actually meditating.
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This northern Italian beauty has bright and tangy raspberry and strawberry fruit aromas with nice mouth-watering, thirst quenching sensations. It’s a great medium body red wine that’s light enough for casual sipping. It’s also a great value wine made from a lesser known grape called Corvina.
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Stobi Rubi Rosé
This wine hails out of Macedonia, made from some funky red grapes called Rkatsiteli and Vranec. With hints of bright ruby grapefruit, strawberries, and raspberries that awaken the senses, it’s no wonder that I made it a weekend favorite on these warm summer afternoons. It’s a great rosé to sip and enjoy a sunset alone when the sky is covered in a 1000 shades of sunset oranges, blues, pinks, and purples.
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Pascal Jolivet Sancerre
This Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France is a definite go-to for it’s easy sipping and fresh fruit flavors of lemon, green apples, and green peppers. It has a medium body with intoxicating aromas that are sure to settle you down for a few calm moments of bliss. This wine is especially great because it isn’t too heavy, is very aromatic, and doesn’t require a 4-course meal to enjoy it.
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Ever so often, after a long day, I grab a glass, find a quiet space, pour some wine, get still and enjoy a few moments of peace. However you choose to unplug make sure it’s quality time that you like and that can’t be interrupted.