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Day 18: Warning, Dr. Smith . . . Aliens Approaching. . .

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So, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, we are knee deep (and getting deeper) into the fall campaign season.  Maybe it’s experience or maybe it’s just getting  a little bit older, but we’re kind of thinking that folks running for offices today are less about what we can do together and more about what they didn’t do.  You know  . . .  no substance.  Which is why we had a good laugh this morning thumbing through the website only to come upon the following morsel: (we reproduce this with full credit to

On this day in 1973, future President Jimmy Carter files a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), claiming he had seen an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in October 1969.  During the presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic challenger Carter was forthcoming about his belief that he had seen a UFO. He described waiting outside for a Lion’s Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called “the darndest thing I’ve ever seen” in the sky. Carter, as well as 10 to 12 other people who witnessed the same event, described the object as “very bright [with] changing colors and about the size of the moon.” Carter reported that “the object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance.” He later told a reporter that, after the experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen a UFO.  During the presidential campaign of 1976, Carter promised that, if elected president, he would encourage the government release “every piece of information” about UFOs available to the public and to scientists. After winning the presidency, though, Carter backed away from this pledge, saying that the release of some information might have “defense implications” and pose a threat to national security.

Wow? Really?  Can you imagine . .  . oh never mind; tonight’s blog isn’t about politics.  It IS about being bold; being substantive.   The 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County is a really big Cab.  It has a big nose – lots of fruit and smokey oak.  It has a big taste – lots of fruit and a long, long finish.  For a value-priced wine (under $15 a bottle) this wine has all the guts to stand up to a pasta dinner with vegetables and lots of garlic.  Just to be sure, it also exceeded expectations on the chocolate test as well.  We like wines like this!  After a full day and part of an evening, it’s nice to come home and share a taste of a big wine.  In fact, according to their tasting notes from, “Dark purple color. Blueberries and wild strawberries are the dominant aromas along with faint aromas of nutmeg, cola, and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of fresh plum and black cherry are framed with a supple mouth feel and light tannins. The abundance of fruit is balanced by the pleasant French oak influence.”  All we know is that it was a beautiful wine with a wonderful taste for a really good price,  and after all, isn’t that a big part of why you buy wine in the first place?

It’s not like we’re going to open up a bottle of Mogen David and sit out on the back porch searching for UFO’s.  We’ve been to Roswell, NM; we KNOW and have SEEN the truth.  For what’s it’s worth, if you ever get the chance to experience the Alien Festival in Roswell – go for it.  Trust us on this one – you never know what you what you will see.  There was more green than St. Paddy’s Day – and all sorts of aliens walking around town.  We’ve even shared a bottle of “Alien Cabernet Sauvignon” with friends.  Yes, it comes complete with a green ‘alien’ label.  But that’s not all that’s green – you may feel a bit this way after partaking of a glass!

We made a trip out to Sonoma County back in 2008, and the wines produced there are amazing; in fact, the Wetzel Family that produces the Alexander Valley Cab that we sampled tonight is also making some AWESOME Zinfandels including “Temptation” “Redemption” and “Sin Zin” so from our point of view, these folks know what they are doing, but don’t take our word for it, go try a bottle of 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with your favorite food – steak, barbecue, pork chops, pasta.  You’ll be happy you did.

Have a great Wednesday tomorrow and we’ll be back with another wine and more to share; remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible.


One thought on “Day 18: Warning, Dr. Smith . . . Aliens Approaching. . .

  1. Excellent wine! My wife and I visited their winery this summer. They have a huge underground wine facility and really took the time to show us their process and explain their wines. This was the first bottle I purchased (HEB Kyle, TX) when we returned home from our trip. I couldn’t agree with you more.

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