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Day 99: A Road Trip . . .

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Brian Carter Cellars

Today we hit the road at o’dark thirty (actually, it was 7:30 a.m. – but felt a lot earlier) to head to Kerrville to take care of some important business (yes, haircuts, doing a drive-by the home we still own there, and having a short visit with an good friend is considered important business) and be back home by mid afternoon.  First and foremost, we acknowledge that the Kerrville we headed to was the same Kerrville that has been in the news quite a bit lately and given the fact that the newly named Heisman Trophy winner is from there – will be in the news a lot more in days to come.  We must admit, while living there for eight years we never once watched “Johnny Football” play a down of high school football – although daughter #2 did go to middle school with him,  she went to another high school.  We imagine that Kerrville is quite a buzz this evening with excitement.  Can’t honestly say we are die-hard Aggies or JF fans, but do congratulate both JF and the Aggies for this accomplishment and wish them both the best in the upcoming Cotton Bowl.

Funny thing about fame – it usually comes with a price tag.  Whether it’s adulation from people who previously never knew you existed or dealing with the fact that you can’t go anywhere without being noticed, asked for autographs or pictures or moments of your time.  If you grant everything to everyone, you have no time for yourself.  If you turn one person down, you’re a stuck up snob and everybody hears about it.  After a few of those, the head games start and some of the biggest and best professionals in the business admit that it can and will affect performance.  As the first  freshman to win this major college award, JF  has his work cut out for him, both on the football field and in the game of life.  He will not be the same – nor will the Aggies.  Expectations have risen to a new level and expectations are perhaps as cruel or more cruel than ‘potential’.  As we always learn – whether it’s sports or life – “what have you done for me lately” will rear it’s ugly head at some point in the future. Let’s all pray that level heads prevail.

Speaking of lately, we visited a good friend today who opend the BRWC (see below for photo) and shared a delicious wine from Washington State.  Brian Carter Cellars from Woodinville, Washington puts out this Trentenaire (French for ‘of thirty years’), and it’s a beautiful blend of Petite Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.  Coming from the area of the country that is rapidly gaining fame for its’ Rhone style blends, the Carter wine is an excellent tasting wine.  Lots of fruit on both the nose and the palate–it finishes clean with lots of fruit here as well.  The color is intensely dark purple with a little bit of spice on the back end that really settles well.  We really enjoyed the taste of this wine and while the price is a little more than we’d normally write about – at $35-$40 a bottle, you may want to get a hold of one of these and lay it down for six or nine months before enjoying it.  While we sampled it with a variety of cheeses, smoked dry sausage and crackers, we might suggest you pair this with a good beef and vegetable dish.  Regardless of your choice in food, the choice of this wine is a guaranteed winner.

JF is a winner too–make no mistake; whether carrying Kerrville Tivy to the state semi-finals or the Aggies to the Cotton Bowl, this young man knows how to win on the football field.  As winner of the Heisman Trophy, he enters (as they said on ESPN) the MOST elite fraternity in sports.  That’s a lot to live up to–today, tomorrow and into the future.  We wish him (and his teammates) the best.  Hopefully, like really good wine, he’ll get even better with age – and remember to celebrate responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible.

Big Red Wine Cabinet

Big Red Wine Cabinet aka BRWC

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