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Day 200: So Much to Look Forward to . . .

St Francis ZinWell, well, well . . .isn’t that SPECIAL!!!  Who could POSSIBLY have chosen THIS wine on THIS day?

Could it be  . . . ???

You remember the ‘Church Lady’ on Saturday Night Live?  Dana Carvey was amazing . . . his timing, facial expressions, voice inflection – ALL were perfect!  Finding humor in things seems to be a lost art.  We’ve listened to and watched the likes of Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld and yet we still can’t laugh about life around us.  It’s gotten to the point where PC doesn’t even come close to politically correct – or even personal computer . . . NO, instead it’s come to symbolize “Past Caring”.  Yeah, kind of sad . . . there’s a large and GROWING population that is fed up with media, fed up with politics and fed up with excuses.  There is a coming generation – our kids included – that are so disconnected from what’s going on in the world that it’s kind of scary.

Imagine – millions upon millions of voting age adults opting to stay home instead of going to the polls to cast a ballot.  Imagine – millions upon millions of voting age adults being turned off, tuned out and turned off by what’s happening in society.  Imagine?  It’s already happening . . .

So, today–Jean set the alarm for 3 a.m. to be sure and watched the initial Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.  Unfortunately, Brian was more like a bump on a log and didn’t make it out of the sack, but Jean was there through it all.  And, as the Mass unfolded, perhaps the most telling and important comments came from Pope Francis himself – reminding that we need to take care of the poor as well as our own environment.

As we’ve mentioned previously, we were both in college when JPII was ordained and his reign/tenure as leader of the Church coincided with our life together – how awestruck we were when, in 1999 while living in St. Louis, JPII came to our home city in JANUARY!!  OK, in case you haven’t watched the Weather Channel lately, January in St. Louis is not exactly a ‘Carnival Cruise’!  Actually, WINTER would be better than a CARNIVAL cruise!!!  That year–and we’re serious – for the two days that he was in the city, the temperatures were in the 50’s and  the sun was shining . . .  Shortly after the visit, bitter cold, freezing rain and lots of wind – coincidence?  We think NOT . . . just sayin’!

No coincidence that tonight we’d open a 2009 St. Francis Zinfandel from Sonoma County in California.  Two things come to mind – first, isn’t it cool that we’re enjoying a wine from ‘St. Francis’ on the day that Pope Francis is installed as Pope . . . and secondly, how coincidental is it that our wine would end up with the same name as the new Pontiff – ok, must admit . . . planned.  When at Twin a conscious decision was made to purchase this wine just for this day!

A classic old vines Zinfandel that pays tribute to its heritage, this wine offered up a great nose . . . so spicy and truly pepper – a bit of cigar box, pepper and spice!  The flavors on the front of the palate are cherry, vanilla, and tobacco. . the finish is a bit “puckery” but still full of flavor.  Imagine this wine in a decanter to 1-2 hours?  Yes, it’s got that kind of potential!  For the price of $16 it is so very worth it!!!  We decided this wine is much like our new Pope – calm looking on the outside – but once opened is full of spice, smooth and cordial, and full of a Bamn on the finish.  Will be buying lot’s of this wine in the future.

We know that not everyone is interested in or pays attention to things going on in the World.  The Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis started around 3:30 a.m. today – our guess is that moost of America was asleep “at the wheel”, but there were a number of Americans that stayed up, got up or were awakened to watch History this morning.  The Pope’s message is clear and simple  – take care of those in need.  This is something we can all get our arms around regardless of of faith.

So, needless to say it was a historical day – a new leader of the Catholic Church installed – and we finished Day 200 – only 165 to go!!!!  Please remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible!

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Day 132 – Planet Remulac…Somewhere in France

Domaine LaroqueBack in the mid-1970’s a show debuted on NBC at 10:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday night. . .featuring a troupe of comedy performers that called themselves the “Not Ready For Prime Time Players”.  The show–still going strong 35+years later is Saturday Night Live, and some of the most memorable comedic skits have come from this show.  Admittedly, we have a special place in our hearts for this first group of performers that included Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Larraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner and a little later, Bill Murray.

One of the funniest regular skits was The Coneheads. . .with Dan Akroyd playing the role as the “father” and Larraine Newman as the “mother”. . .several things still stand out today (without referring to Wiki) such as the need to consume mass quantities of beer.  And the ring toss–not for the youngsters!!  But probably the funniest of the skits was when they encountered “normal” humans and were asked where they were from.  Of course, they were from the Planet Remulac.  With the appropriate follow up line to the question asking where that is, “Somewhere In France”.  Guess you had to be there!!!!

Tonight we enjoyed a bottle of Domaine Laroque Cité de Carcassonne Cab Franc 2011.  At less than $15 a bottle, and although still a little young but very enjoyable, we crossed the pond to find the Planet Remulac, but found this wine instead!  Thanks to Andy at HEB Central Market North Austin, he was sampling this wine the day we stopped in and both of us–not big fans of French wine–were really impressed, and with an attractive price point, we figured it was worth a further taste and review.  We do; however, recommend that you decanter this wine before pouring. . .you’ll be rewarded with a subtle nose of raspberries, spices and tobacco. Loads of  fruit in the mouth with rich raspberry, leather and spicy flavors, and elegant, silky-smooth tannins. This is a sneaky-good wine that is delicious to sip alone or to accompany any meat dish.  We enjoyed our bottle as an after dinner wine, and found it very easy to taste and enjoy.  We’ll also say that the longer this wine is open and breathing, the better it tastes.

Long gone are the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.  They’ve all made names for themselves–some good and some not-so-good.  And, by the late 70’s, these guys had been replaced by Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo and a whole new group of comedic talent.  In fact, it’s amazing the number of performers who got their ‘start’ on the show and have gone on to highly visible careers.  It’s also amazing to see the number of performers who have been lost forever–burned by the candle of fame.

So, as the weekend approaches, sit back and enjoy the moment with a good book, a good show, good company and a good glass of wine.  Enjoy it responsibly of course and remember to recycle the bottle when finished.

Until tomorrow, have a terrific Friday.