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Day 253 – SFA – An Acronym for Wisdom!

acronymThirty-two years ago today, we walked into the coliseum at SFA as students and walked out as graduates with our Bachelor’s degree.  32 years. . .until today, when we returned to watch Daughter #1 take her turn and walk across the stage.  A flood of memories came streaming back–as we looked around, the old, aluminum bleachers had been replaced with real seats and hanging over center court was the retired number of one of the greatest Lady Jacks–EVER, Rosie Walker!  Back in the mid-1970’s, before Title IX changed the face of women’s athletics on college campuses, schools like SFA and Old Dominion dominated women’s basketball.  During our tenure at SFA, we were privileged to watch Ms. Walker play for the Lady Jacks, and they were the toast of the town.  No disrespect to the men, but the ladies drew the fans. . .and we were among them.  Not too sure what she’s up to today, but it was a trip down memory lane to see her retired number up on the rafters at the coliseum!

Watching the graduates process in, hearing the families cheering for their graduate, watching the looks on their faces when certain family members did their best to embarrass them. . .well, you can’t put a price tag on any of that.  And, it happened so fast–just yesterday, we were dropping her off at Freshmen orientation. . .moving her into the dorm. . .moving her out of the dorm and into the apartment. . .picking her up at the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas. . .in the blink of an eye, four years screamed by and now, we have our first graduate in the family.  A little proud?  Yeah, you might say we’re A LOT proud.  People congratulated us, but it’s really the kids that make this happen.  Our job is to be the guiding light, but their job is to execute the mission.  And as of today, mission accomplished!  Now, the goal becomes getting that first career position. . .patience.

Because we’re in two different places tonight. . .Jean attended a nephew’s graduation from Texas A&M, and Brian is spending the night with his Mom in The Woodlands, so Brian picked out a wine a Kroger for blogging purposes.  Acronym, is a red blend from California.   The fruit for the Acronym Red Blend comes from vineyards in California’s Central Valley.  The region boasts ideal conditions for cultivating quality grapes: fertile loamy soils, gentle winter rains, and warm days tempered by cool nights.   Acronym is a dark ruby red blend of several varietals dominated by Pinot Noir and Syrah.  A nose of red berry fruit combines nicely with hints of roasted coffee, soft vanilla, and milk chocolate. The fruit follows through to the palate with dark berry jam flavors and a touch of cedar spice. The mid-palate gives way to a beautiful, lingering finish.  At $10 a bottle, it’s probably not something we’re going to search high and low for at the store.  It’s a wine to try…because we needed a wine to blog about, but beyond that, well, there’s a lot of better wines for the money that we’d jump at before this one.

So, sitting at the computer we came up with a few acronyms…LOL, ROTFLMAO, SOS, ETA, PDQ, BFF, TTYL, TTFN…and a whole bunch of others, but no acronym can measure up to the value of a college education. . .our pride in both of the girls stems from their abilities to excel.  It’s what allows us the pleasure of reliving memories on the campus of our youth and now the campus of her future.  It’s good stuff. . .enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and remember to RWP!!


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Day 173: Oh, So Close . . .

David Bruce Petite SirahWow!  It’s a Wednesday but feels like a Friday!   We know that it’s NOT Friday, but — holy cow — it sure FEELS like a Friday!!!  Between early morning meetings and late afternoon/evening meetings, we’ve been going in so many directions, it’s hard to keep pace!!   In our part of the world, today, the rains teased us with a few downpours that seemed to offer hope to end this long drought for our community, and it was followed by partly cloudy skies and warming temperatures this afternoon.  At the rate we are going, who knows what tomorrow will bring.

But, regardless of the weather, here we are in the 20th day of February . . . and – ok, we’re sorry, but what in the heck happened to January?  Or more importantly, who absconded with the first month of the year?  The last time we looked in, it was two or three days into the New Year!  Now, we’re 45 days into the the year and with today being Day 173 . . . we are edging ever so close to the mid-point of our journey through SO MANY wines!

Tonight we sampled a 2008 David Bruce Petite Sirah from the Central Coast of California.  A couple of thoughts before we talk about the wine itself. . .first of all, the Central Coast is FAMOUS for beautiful Sirah and Petite Sirah wines.  Secondly, this wine maker, has a history of producing exceptional wines from a variety of vineyards for remarkable products.

So, back to the wine – it is an interesting wine in that it depends on and relies upon Mother Nature to ripen fruit relatively close to the ocean while at the same time being part of the growing area in the Central Coast . . . in the simplest terms the fruit is harvested from areas. – – – “Stretching in a narrow band from Santa Barbara to the San Francisco Bay,the Central Coast region, and is characterized by the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean.These grapes come from several vineyards in Paso Robles and southern Monterey”.  After tasting this wine and appreciating the enormity of the Petite Sirah, we found that the fruit was really forward on the palate – we’re talking blackberry and blueberry.  The nose, well, it was dominated by oak and tobacco – toasty and smoky (but not overly so).  The finish on this wine is LONG and lean . . . yep, it’s got a lot of body, a lot of taste and a lot of structure.  It’s a wine that you’d break out when your ‘wine-loving friends showed up on a Friday night’ (or on a Wednesday night after a long day)  . . .  yep, it’s a wine meant to be enjoyed by customers and FUTURE customers!

Seriously, thank goodness that we’re almost to Friday.  Before you get there, you’ll need to try this beautiful and affordable Petite Sirah . . . at less (key word: LESS) than $20 a bottle, you’ll be singing the praises of this David Bruce Petite Sirah whether by yourself or with family and friends. . .beyond that, it’s a GREAT bottle of wine!

Regardless, continue to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly, and remember to recycle whenever possible!

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Day 139 – They’re Coming To Take Me Away. . .

Stark RavingOK, we’re REALLY dating ourselves, but tonight’s wine inspired (reminded) us to recall a song from Dr. Demento back in the sixties. . .of course, we were just children and thought it had a funny beat and a strange score, but other than that, the teens of the day loved it.

And, who wouldn’t. . .after almost 45 years, tonight was the first time we’d actually READ the lyrics!  Wow, no wonder our parents’ didn’t like us listening to the music back then.  Wait–that’s what we said to our kids not once, not twice. . .but TONS of times over the past 6-7 years!  It really is true–what goes around comes around…and you’ll grow up to become your parents!!

For those of you who have forgotten Dr. Demento’s song, it’s called “They’re Coming To Take Me Away!”–and it goes something like this,

“Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees and begged
You not to leave
Because I’d go berserk?
You left me anyhow and then
The days got worse and worse
And now you see I’ve gone
Completely out of my mind And
They’re coming to take me away, Ha-ha
They’re coming to take me away, Ho-ho
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I’ll be happy to see those
Nice young men in their clean white coats and
They’re coming to take me away, ha-ha!
You thought it was a joke
and so you laughed, you laughed,
when I had said that losing you
would make me flip my lid.
You know you laughed
I heard you laugh
You laughed, you laughed
and laughed and then you left but
Now you know I’m utterly mad
They’re coming to take me away, ha-ha,
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho,
hee hee, haa haa
To the happy home
With trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket-weavers who sit and smile
And twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they’re coming to take me away, ha-hahaha…”

Yeppers, they don’t write lyrics like that anymore!  Actually, depending on the kind of music you choose to listen to, it may be a lot worse!

We’re  a little mesmerized by tonight’s wine, “Stark Raving, Red”–from the Rosenblum Cellars folks.  The Stark Raving Red is a non vintage blend of 34% Tannat, 28% Zinfandel, 18% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah and 6% Other (why do they just say “other,” it’s not a field blend, they know what grapes they purchased) sourced from 80% Central Coast AVA and 20% Lodi AVA (which is inside the Central Coast AVA). The wine is produced by Rosenblum Cellars and should retail for under ten bucks…at Twin Liquors in San Marcos, we picked this wine up for under $9. . .of course, it was on sale.  And, even though it’s a non-vintage, we have to tell you the combination of dark cherry and plum shine through, there are layers of flavor that carry through from the mid-palate (especially the plum in mid palate)  to the back and the finish is better than several wines we’ve tasted that cost double the price.

Would we bring it out with special guests?  Probably not, but we’d sure use it as a deck and fire pit wine.  With fajitas, it was a nice complement right down to the rice and beans.  But the name. . .oh, the name, it’s a winner!  And, the graphic on the bottle looks like something out of “Back To The Future!”  Look, we know there are tons of wines out there to choose from, and trying whimsical wines is part of what we wanted to do this year.  Give this one a shot; we think you’ll be surprised. . .or is it ‘Stark Raving’ Mad–er, Red!

As we wrap up another week and head into a three day weekend, we hope that Dr. Demento isn’t on your doorstep singing, “They’re Coming To Take Me Away!”, but that you’ll continue enjoying your favorite wine responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible.