Ben Franklin said that.
I haven’t been online because I’ve been in Napa, CA. taking a much needed break with Rich and our dear friends, Toni and Bob. I mentioned before that Toni and I were always up to no good back in Ann Arbor and she is one of my dear friends that I have been missing terribly since they moved to California and we moved to Chicago. You might think you are never moving but wait. Someday, your children will grow up and go away, your focus will shift along with your priorities and there will be an ah-ha! moment when you think, "it’s now or never" and you uproot. I can’t imagine FC doing this by more than 40 miles and maybe not Robin Andrea and Roger but the rest of you? We’ll see.
I’ll have more to say about all of this over the next few days, with more pictures, too. Today I wanted to get these up before Rich and I hop on the red-eye for Chicago.
THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
I laughed when I saw these photos. Toni took me to COPIA for a wine making class today and I ask you, who is taking this more seriously- me or the two guys next to me? I am, by no means, a wine snob so imagine my surprise when a) I decided to really put myself into this project and b) I could actually tell the difference between a good blend of varietals and a not so good blend. I even figured out that the Cabernet Franc we were originally given was "corked", i.e. musty from a cork gone funky. Did you know that modest estimates indicate that at least one bottle per case of wine is "corked" and the trend is to screw tops? Soon, all of your finer wines will have screw on caps. I kid you not.
In the meantime, I designed my own special wine today: blended it, created a label, bottled and corked it. Note the labels. They are very high class. That’s right: this wine is the exclusive (very limited) production of Yellow Brick Road Vineyards in two variations. The first would be labeled a Cabernet Sauvignon- that’s Sophie’s Choice. The second, my favorite and a damn fine wine, if I do say so myself, is Fat Cloud Merlot. Tomorrow, when I’m not rushing, I’ll tell you more about COPIA and also this process of blending varietals from local vineyards, including the ratios of various grapes that I chose. For now- perhaps I’ve found a new calling.