Okay. . .up front, we’re dating ourselves. BUT, there was a sitcom back in the 70’s that starred Gabe Kaplan and a little known actor whose character name was Vinnie Barbarino. . .and the actor was? John Travolta! Yep, before Saturday Night Fever or Urban Cowboy–before Pulp Fiction or Face Off. . .there was Welcome Back Kotter. Imagine going back to teach in the high school that you graduated from only a few short years before. . .well, that was the premise of the show. The catch, of course, was that the names had changed but the game was still the same.
In the realm of public schools, today–in Texas–was the first day back to school. And Brian had a terrific opportunity to watch kids and parents arriving at a local elementary school, we can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that we are GLAD that the girls are where they are today! Parents have changed. Schools have changed. Teachers have changed. BUT, one thing has remained the same. . .kids will always be kids. AND, no matter how much you prep them, guide them, cajole them or force them—a certain number of kids can’t wait to get into the building. AND, a certain number of kids are petrified of going into the building!
Parents, on the other hand, well, they look like deer in headlights. . .especially first time parents dropping their child off for pre-K programs. Uh, they NEVER taught us this in ‘Lamaze’ classes! Nope. . .and guess what, kids DON’T come with owners manuals! After watching the proceedings today at one of the schools, we were glad that a the girls were way passed this age and that they were fairly ‘low maintenance’ when it came to school starting! And the more we greeted parents and kids, the better it felt knowing that in our world, those days were long gone.
So we needed a wine that would be a nice combination of old and new. And thanks to our friends at World Market, we found the perfect choice. Our 2009 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese is the essence of what this blog is about. A terrific red wine with lots of cherries, blueberries, tobacco and cedar just waiting to be opened and enjoyed. Even as good as this wine tasted, it’s got the potential to be even better–yep, this wine has ‘moxy’ and we think it’s got the ‘legs’ to go the distance. Italian wines have an earthiness to them that can’t be measured by our standards. No, not every bottle of wine produced there is a hit, but as good as the wine that we’ve tasted from Italy has tasted, we know that the BEST stuff never leaves the country! Robert Parker rates this wine at 87 points–which for a $10 bottle of wine is pretty awesome! They said, “this Sangiovese exhibits fresh aromas of violets, woodland berries, sweet spice and leather. Deliciously smooth, plush and juicy on the palate with loads of ripe fruit, Di Majo Sangiovese is recommended with meaty pastas or pizzas, chorizo and granular cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano or aged Gouda.” We enjoyed it with buffalo chicken tenders in hot and bbq sauce along with fresh steamed carrots and it was the perfect way to “put out the fire!”
We know that there are a lot of parents breathing a sigh of relief tonight. The first day of school is in the books and the daily routine has just begun. We remember those days and being welcomed back. It’s a special time in the kids lives, your lives and their teacher’s lives. . .savor the moments. Life comes at you way too fast and when you blink your eyes, they’re grown. We hope that as your kids go back to school that you’ll stop and enjoy the moment, and if that means sipping on a glass of your favorite wine, we hope you’ll do so responsibly and always remember to recycle whenever possible.