As parents, we’ve grown accustomed to doing things for our kids. We’ve gotten used to the comings and goings of teenagers and young adults who absolutely HAVE to see their friends! It’s actually pretty easy when you stop and think about it; we did the EXACT same things to our parents when we were their age. Whether it was borrowing the car to go and meet someone at a restaurant, bar or bowling alley or having five or six other kids over for ‘dinner’, the reality is that times haven’t changed. When kids come ‘home’ from school, they’re ready to continue the lives they’ve carved for themselves in school. Uhhhh–yeah, right!
The catch is that parents have different rules than their kids realize. Rules that include specific times home at night; regular check-ins while out with the family car and no texting or drinking and driving. While some of those are ‘no-brainers’, it’s a hard lesson for college kids who’ve enjoyed limitless opportunities while at school–and now to deal with the reality of being back in their parents home–NO WAY! And so, the preparation begins for the arrival of both daughters. One, who will have graduated from college, and the other, who will have completed two years of college. . .now descend upon us with two and four years of ‘independent living’ under their belts. How does one ‘prepare’ for such an arrival?
What makes this kind of cool for us is that this will be the first time since they were both in high school that we’ve been together as a family. Yes, there have been breaks, but Christmas and Spring Break…summer and Thanksgiving are all different than what’s about to take place. It’s kind of like the calm before the storm…the reality of our kids–now young adults–coming back home to live for a period of time. It’s exciting–it’s invigorating–it’s family!
With all of that in mind, we opened a well-respected bottle of Chilean wine tonight…a 2009 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah. Priced at less than $20 a bottle, this wine has a nose to beat the band! Hints of anise, cocoa, earthiness and tobacco are what we got out of our first sniff of this beautiful, dark purple wine. It’s big and it’s bold, and the taste on the front of the palate was oh so pleasing. . .tastes of vanilla and black cherry consumed the taste buds leaving us with expectations of an amazing finish. BUT, just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water. . .(Name that movie) the finish was mediocre at best. It kind of evaporated before you could taste anything. The wine had all of the trappings of a major winner–good value for the money, good taste for the vintage and great lineage in the fields and in the winemaking. . .a winning combination from where we sit! Given the price point and the beautiful color of this wine, if you’re looking to impress people with your knowledge and nose, then buy this wine and serve to family and friends; HOWEVER, if you’re looking to try out your wine-tasting prowess on unsuspecting vintages, then leave this one alone. We’d even suggest decantering this wine for 30-45 minutes before serving. . .it may enhance the characteristics and taste of the wine.
Nothing is more exciting to parents than to have their kids from college coming home. It’s certainly no different in our case. We can’t wait! From home-cooked meals to visiting on the deck and EVERYTHING in between, we’re ready to take on the challenge of family living back at home! It’s moments like this that confirm why we became parents and why we want our kids to be the best they WANT to be! Please enjoy your favorite wine responsibly—maybe even share it with one of your adult children—and remember to recycle whenever possible.