Tonight’s blog was written by Jean’s co-worker, Scott. Scott has guest blogged for us before and meets all the requirements we have – aka . . . he appreciates good wine and partakes on a regular basis. For the record, on Day 63 we did blog about 2004 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley – but tonight’s wine was a 2006 from Napa Valley – BIG difference. If you are a constant reader of our blog, you will recognize tonight’s theme as it has played out time and time again – bottom line . . . every day is the perfect day to open a bottle of “the good stuff”, or as Partick says . . . “Life’s too short not to drink good wine – – – ya just never know”. So, thanks again to Scott for “taking one for the team” – and to Margaret and Lance for hitting the road and checking out parishes in the Diocese of Austin . . . we are waiting for you to come our way – we’ll open “the good stuff” for you as well
Today was a good day!
It’s not often that we say that anymore. Usually life is filled with getting from one party to another, some sort of sporting event, or even a summer camp. Life at our house is generally fairly busy with five kids.
Today was a good day because it felt like we got a few things done and topped it off with some good family time, good friends and some good wine.
The day started with pancakes for the kids our niece, who is visiting from Alabama. There is just something American with pancakes and a cup of coffee in the morning.
I was able to finish that lingering bathroom project, mow the lawn, talk to my boys on the front lawn about sports and attend Mass this evening at our local parish.
Mass was special, it always is though with Jesus present, but tonight was way cool since my office assistant and her husband made it to Mass at our new church. It was great to see their smiles when we walked into the sanctuary. After a brief hello after Mass, we caught them on the way out and asked if they wanted to come over for a drink. Uh…..YES!
We arrived back at our home and immediately opened up a bottle of 2006 Silver Oak. Yeah, Yeah….we know this is a good bottle of wine and we all know what people say about it…it’s pricy….probably would make the Bondy deck wine list (if you could find it on sale)…you can really taste the spiciness…it lingers on the palate…
This post is not about the wine tonight but more about the sharing of good wine with good friends. You see, wine is meant to be consumed…preferably with friends. In the brief moments we shared together, the wine was really an afterthought, it was all about LIFE! We told stories, laughed, talked about the kids, discussed Aggie football, shared our faith and just enjoyed our time together.
So please, don’t save that good bottle of wine for a special day. Today is good day…open that bottle of wine some friends and enjoy life. It is always way too short.
Scott, thanks again for your help – remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible. Look out Monday, here we come . . . ready or not!
Springtime is probably the favorite season around here. The trouble is that for the last few years springtime has been interrupted (rather rudely) by summer. Temperatures in the 90’s in April is no way to ‘enjoy’ spring. Fortunately, this year has given us a pause for celebration. Yes, we’ve had some days of heat–but you expect that living in Texas–but we’ve been blessed with some cool fronts that have been coming through lowering temperatures to spring-like degrees! Today was one of those days. A very cool start to the morning–gave way to an amazing day of full sunshine, a nice breeze, no humidity and virtually no bugs! If it got above 74 degrees (F) we’d be surprised and quite frankly, we could care less. When you can sit on the deck for the better part of the day, listening to music and enjoying conversation. Well, it’s really tough to beat – especially after the week that it has been.
Last night, Sam and Elaine came into town . . . Elaine is presiding over a friend’s wedding tonight and they needed a place to crash for the weekend. Elaine is the youngest daughter of fellow wine lovers and travelers, P & L . . . we consider their family like our family, so if they need a place . . . we are ready to host! For all of us, the day was lazy – but relaxing, and relaxing – but just enough things to keep us occupied! A little yard work, a little television, a little reading, a little nap – they all played a part on a beautiful Saturday in San Marcos – which was of course followed by a nice evening on the deck – with finally . . . a fire in the pit!
Since we were sitting outside and enjoying a beautiful day, we pulled a really, really nice white wine – yes, that’s right Kathryn – and we automatically thought of you, a White Wine!! Lafage Cote Est Catalan is a delightful white wine gem from the Roussillon wine region of southwestern France. The wine’s official appellation is Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes. Deep in this Catalan region of southwestern France, Domaine Lafage blends juicy, aromatic wines that deliver the rare combination of distinctiveness and affordability. Although only in his thirties, Jean-Marc Lafage already has almost 15 years of world-class winemaking to his credit. Lafage Cote Est Catalan is an unoaked blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Marsanne. Super crisp and tank-fermented, this racy white is bursting with citrus, white flowers and minerals. Juicy on the palate, dry but ripe with good apricot and yellow peach fruit character. It is long and flavorful on the finish. Pure and simple this wine rocks! We enjoyed it on the deck – by itself, but it could easily have made chicken or fish or grilled veggies taste even better. Priced under $12 a bottle – and available at H-E-B . . . you can afford to buy 6 or 12 of these gems and save them for your friends. We couldn’t stop raving about how good this wine tasted. It’s a white wine . . . that because of this blog – we’ll enjoy many more times (Leah, yes another one for the “do-over” list).
Speaking of enjoying . . . we hope that you got outside today – wherever you are. And, whether it was raining, snowing, windy or sunny, there’s something special about April. The rains last week-though sparse-have paid huge dividends in greenery around town . . . and when things are green in the spring, you just feel better.
We also hope that you’ll enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and as always, please recycle whenever possible.
Thanks to Scott for pinch hitting for us tonight!
So my friend and co-worker Jean and her husband Brian came up with this idea to try a wine a day for 365 days and blog about it. She has been bugging (Jean note here – gently asking, not bugging!) me for about 200+ days to guest blog….I guess one can get tired of a wine a day every day…nah, not Brian and Jean.
So while they were out in Waco tonight for ANOTHER Catholic school gala, I decided to surprise them and give them the night off!
Today was one of those days that you looked at on the calendar and thought, Whoa Nelly! It is a classic Saturday at my house! I have five children twelve and under. The weekend started with a 14 twelve-years-olds at our house for an Avengers party. It was great and I was so happy to see my oldest son cling to his childhood just a bit longer.
Saturday started off with first communion practice for my 9-year old. She is so excited about it next weekend. Then I took two of the kids with me to the ordination of 11 men to be Deacons. What an awesome moment in time to see these Holy men take their vow of obedience and pledge to serve this diocese. Our Bishop remarked on our Holy Father, Pope Francis and his words about service. “Let us never forget that authentic power is service,” he said. “Only those who serve with love are able to protect.”
My wife, Kathryn, met me in the parking lot and we exchanged kids. My second son, John Paul, changed into his baseball clothes in the car and we were off to this game. He went 2-2, 2 singles, scored twice, and 1 2/3 inning of middle relief. He was very happy. Meanwhile, Kathryn, headed off to our daughter’s soccer game that started about an hour later. They ended up in a tie 2-2. Mom said she played great…but she always says that!
We all ended up at home about 4:30 and we all looked at each other and said, “Wanna order pizza?” I ran off to grab the pizza and found this nice little 2011 Cabernet from McManis Family Vineyards at HEB for $9.99. It looked like the perfect compliment for a family pizza night.
Immediately upon opening and the first pour I was impressed the color. Can’t you just tell from the color if the wine is going to be good? It just looked rich and the color was dark maroon (then again, everything is maroon to this Aggie!) Did I mention the Aggies played in the Maroon and White spring football game today? Only 140 days until college football…..but I digress….
I immediately experienced smoke and pepper on the nose. I did sense a hint of berry but not as much as the wine maker said. It had a nice finish and lingered on the palate a good amount of time. All in all, it was a great pairing with pizza and for under $10 a bottle; I could definitely classify this as a deck wine according to the Bondy standards.
Thanks Jean and Brian for letting me crash your party for a few minutes. Y’all have a blessed week and visit www.teamwhitaker.org for more details about this crazy life we lead.
Scott – we are very thankful for the help tonight – one more gala on the docket tomorrow night and our string of four are finished for at least a little bit! If you get a chance, check out the site above that Scott mentioned – the Whitaker clan is a super neat family and we are blessed to know them!
Enjoy the remaining minutes of this Saturday night and as always – remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible!