Corvette watch – week 3.Still no Corvette yet and to tell the truth we were almost seduced by a sultry European, but we held strong. When a good friend found out that we were on the precipice of the decision, he staged an intervention.
It is certainly uplifting and comforting to know there are those individuals in our life who care that much about our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Afterwards we sent off the storyline to the creators of “Celebrity Rehab” and their answer back was, “You have to be celebrities first.” We had to give them credit for answering back so quickly. So, for now, we are holding out for the car that epitomizes the Heartbeat of America and why GM created the Chevy Runs Deep marketing programming.
Other things have been occupying our time as well. All things considered it is fairly astonishing to realize with the completion of the week, 2013 is half over.
These days V&I live life in a constant state of amazement. It seems whatever activity we are drawn into we are surrounded by good people, good food, and good wine from the “Heart of Washington Wine Country.”
Some of the good people, good food, and good wine is initiated by us. The company I work for is hosting a contingent of college interns they hope to recruit into the engineering and construction vocation. Not wanting to be thought ungracious, V&I extended the hospitality of the area in which we live and our home by having the interns over for a dinner of grilled chicken, potatoes, green beans, and small red, orange, and yellow peppers. V&I call that, “Eating the Rainbow.” V entertained them while “The Pit Master” applied his skills built by years of experience, a few worn out grills coupled with burnt offerings to the Grill God. We consider ourselves ambassadors for the wonderful area in which we live so why wouldn’t we want to entertain the lads?
Dinner for the young fellows was paired with three local Chardonnays, after checking identification to ensure the fellows had reached legal age of consumption, obviously. That mixologist training and licensing does come in handy. The consensus favorite of the evening was the Barnard-Griffin 2011 Reserve Chardonnay. The dinner and wine was complemented by watching the see-saw game seven of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. We thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the passion for the game exhibited by our guests. I was relieved at seeing them at work the next day which meant they were no worse for wear on eating food prepared by “The Pit Master.”
Some of the good people, good food, and good wine is initiated by others. We assisted D&V’s daughter and son-in-law’s (J&M(R)) “Dinner-In-The-Field” functionby registering the 40 guests and pouring wine for the appetizer and social hour. We were fairly nervous as the week ticked down because of the multiple days of rain and showers leading up to the event day. The day arrived and the temperature was mild with no threat of moisture falling from the sky, thankfully. Incredible as that was, the weather took a turn for the worse again for the ensuing days after the event. For the event day however we accepted the gift of beautiful weather.
The setting was an ideal mix of formal and casual, after all we were dining outside.
The wine pairing with the evening’s menu included the Barnard-Griffin 2011 Tulip Chardonnay and the 2011 Fidelitas M100.The Chardonnay exhibited citrus and vanilla notes, and a minerality which supported the lighter components of chef’s menu. The hint of oak created a round, full, and thoroughly enjoyable wine experience which allowed the guests to not feel shortchanged if they choose the “White” over the “Red.” The Fidelitas M100 red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot is fruit forward smooth, and fragrant. The Petit Verdot supplies the deep color and taste balance, the Merlot is a pleasing introduction at the front palate, the Malbec provides spiciness throughout, and the Cabernet says “Where’s The Rest?” as it slides down the throat. These wines coupled with the bill of fare as a whole provided what one always hopes for when pairing. That is balance and a most excellent counterpoint. Our marriage is a lot like the M-100 wine, balanced. V is the Merlot; I am the Cabernet; with some spicy Malbec in there from the experiences of our life together.
The son-in-law, J, graduated from the French Culinary Institute in Crawford California and the couple, along with J’s brother and wife, A&C, is experimenting with setting up a catering enterprise here in “The Tri.” They are documenting their lives, for now anyways, at Swoon Studio. This is the second time we were enchanted by Chef J’s skilled meal preparation and are looking forward to further culinary undertakings from this talented group of young people. We are not saying that because they gave us a parting gift of a jar of “Spicy Tomato Jam” for attending. Any time they ask us to assist in the wine aspect of the evening, we are there.V&I consider ourselves life-long learners and anytime we get a chance to aid others on their path of understanding the nuances of various varietals and the wine makers’ approach to their product (in lieu of the wine makers actually attending said event) we jump at the chance. We work fairly cheap. Really we do.
Baseball season is in full swing here in “The Tri.” We attended our first Dust Devils game of the season. We also attended an American Legion game in Richland which pitted the Junior Knights against the visiting teams in a tournament. We help sponsor the Junior Knightsso we wanted to see how the young men are stacking up against the competition. It appeared from the scores no lead is safe as the score of the Saturday game was 16-8 (loss in which the Junior Knights were up 8-1 during the game). Sunday the score of the first game was a tie 12-12, in which the Knights were up 7-2 then down 7-12, and then rallied back in the last half of the final inning to even the score. Whew! The second game the Jr. Knights were down 6-1 then rallied back to even the score for the second tie of the day and the tournament.
Sadly, hockey season came to an end with the beloved Boston Bruins losing game six to the Chicago Blackhawks. It is hard to express in words what we felt to watch them come so close and be just short of the mark of the hardest trophy to win in major sports. Looking back to 2011 when the Bruins won The Cup, they did it in Vancouver B.C. and a riot ensued. This year they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime of game 7, after being down three goals with 83 seconds left to play in regulation. Yet as we watched the Bruins all lined up waiting for the ceremonial post-game handshake after losing this game, it was a vivid reminder of how tough it is to get to the Stanley Cup and then win. Platitudes and clichés do not suffice.
No happiness in the home this evening, just short of inconsolable. However, as sure as the Chicago team was skating around the ice holding up the coveted 125 year old, 35 pound silver hardware over their heads, the sun will come up tomorrow and the waiting begins for the October regular season opener. Not that we are wishing our lives away, by any stretch. After all we have concerts to attend this summer and wine events out at Red Mountain, Barnard-Griffin, Robert Smasne, and who knows for sure where else. There is life besides hockey but try telling that to a Boston player. Especially one named Bergeron who played with torn cartilage, busted rib, separated shoulder, and what was later diagnosed as a punctured lung. Or one named Campbell who skated with a broken leg for a whole minute to finish his shift so he wouldn’t let his teammates down. Or one named Marchand who, when asked if he had any injuries said, “Only my heart.”
Cheers and Go Bruins!