Tonight, we spent the evening with the good folks at the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force . . . out at their hangar in San Marcos, they held a Casino Night Fundraiser. What a great time and a great venue. Playing Texas Hold ‘Em and Roulette under the watchful eye of “The Yellow Rose”. . . a B-25 bomber from World War II. The inventory of amazing aircraft at the Centex Wing is something to behold. Even if you’re not former military, you’d be plum crazy if you didn’t enjoy the place. These folks are helping keep history alive by maintaining some vintage planes, but they also have a museum, a tribute to Doolittle’s Raiders and a library . . .along with an Officer’s Club. When you step into the hangar, you’re definitely stepping back in time, when flying by the seat of the pants wasn’t just a tagline — it was reality!
Kicking the night off with delicious barbecue from Fuschak’s here in town, the gaming tables opened up at 7 p.m. and the craps, roulette and black jack tables immediately filled up. Jean is the roulette player in the family and she settled in and played at the same table all night, and Brian grabbed a seat at the Texas Hold ‘Em table. There, the cards were friendly on a few occasions, but not enough to plan any trips to Las Vegas or Atlantic City! What made the games fun was that at both tables, the same folks stayed and played pretty much all night. It’s a great way to support a great group of folks and we’re proud to have been a part of it. On the heels of today’s 139th Kentucky Derby, it seemed appropriate to do a little gaming! Speaking of the Kentucky Derby, a pretty decent race considering the track was muddy, and thankfully, the rains stopped long enough to not only get the race in but get the people outside! Orb starts on a quest to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. . .could 2013 be the year it finally happens? And who was the last Triple Crown winner, you ask? Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen and trained by Lazaro S. Barrera.
A mid-morning visit from P&L yielded our wine for the day. . .a 2009 Volver Tempranillo from a 72-acre vineyard called “Finca Los Juncares,” which was planted in 1957. This wine comes from a single vineyard, and as such it has plenty of red cherries, blueberries, mulberries and red raisins, depicting grapes pushed to full ripeness without going beyond the boundary into excessive over-ripeness. The oak character is relatively elegant with toasty, coffee hints only, and the balanced wine shows some lingering length as well. This is a fun, tasty wine without a lot of pretense. It’s a great value for the money–ringing in at less than $18 a bottle–you may be able to find it for less than $15 if you look real hard. For us, tempranillo wines are becoming favorites. And to prove our point, “Robert Parker doesn’t write the Spanish reviews these days for Wine Advocate as he has given that job to Jay Miller. However, Mr. Parker does still drink Spanish wines and reviews them “informally” in his Hedonist’s Gazette. In July Parker wrote about a great Spanish feast where he enjoyed a short list of excellent Spanish wines including Volver 2009. The review was glowing as Parker gave the wine 92 points noting, “A great value that I would unquestionably drink as a house wine, the 2009 Volver from La Mancha. Made from 50-year old Tempranillo vines…” “92 Points–The Wine Advocate.
A great day all around. . .a visit with good friends, an evening of entertainment and a delicious wine. . .all wrapped up in a beautiful Saturday. We hope yours was spectacular as well and that you’ll continue to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.