Classic baseball movies. . .The Monty Stratton Story; The Babe, The Sandlot, The Natural, Field of Dreams. . .Bull Durham. Yeah. . .there are probably fifty or sixty more movies that we missed. Baseball and the cinema have gone together with each other for more than three quarters of a century. There’s something about a young pitcher or hitter who is finding his way through the streets of small town America while working his way up to the “show”! We love baseball. . .we love baseball movies; in fact, not that long ago, there were a bunch of articles about the 25th Anniversary of The Sandlot. . .“You’re killing me, Smalls!”
It’s one of those movies that we’ll STOP dead in our tracks and watch. It doesn’t matter what part of the movie is showing. . .the happy part or the sad one; the reality is that good pitching stops good hitting all the way to the bank! You can show all of the home run hitters you’d care to show, BUT, at the end of the day, it’s the pitching that gets you out of the jam. It’s the pitching that clinches the win and it’s the pitching that keeps you in the game–(or costs you the game, the pennant and/or the season). Rest assured that if the pitcher is ‘bringing it’, then you’re probably on a one way ticket to “The Show”!
Tonight–being Thursday night–we felt obligated to bring out the Good Stuff. . .sitting there watching Bull Durham, it was calling our names! Oh how the baseball gods were smiling even as the night wore on an the All Star Break didn’t end until tomorrow! The good stuff came to us earlier this year during an amazing cooking school demonstration at Central Market North in Austin. Pete Seghesio was in town with family recipes and family wines, and none of them were singles hitters–they could ALL ‘bring it’! One of the wines–served with dessert–was a 2008 half bottle of Old Vine Zinfandel from Seghesio’s original zinfandel vines. This is a 91 point wine and every single drop of it is the ‘good stuff’; we can’t believe how good a wine can taste, but it all comes from excellent fruit! Review after review of this wine raves about its character, its’ flavor, its’ body–one of the reviewers had this to say, “Lots of juicy fruit. Black fruit and big mouth feel. Would buy more in a heart beat. Luscious and decadent.” Yeah, we couldn’t agree more!
Wine like this doesn’t come along everyday. It’s meant to be enjoyed with good food, good company, good times. You’d expect that when you break out the good stuff, and Seghesio—by definition—is the good stuff! With as many of their family of wines that we’ve enjoyed, we’re hard-pressed to be critical of their selection. Maybe their pricing–which tends to be a little on the high side–but at the end of the day, the quality and taste offset the cost. Sitting here watching Bull Durham, chewing on some homemade chicken fajitas with fresh pico de gallo and homemade guacamole, well it just seemed right to bring out the good stuff! And, whether you’re nickname is “Meat” or “Nuke” or some other crazy moniker, remember that the good stuff gets its name for a reason!!
As we embark on the last day of the work week, please enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible.