“I see a lot of fog and a few lights. I like it when life’s hidden. It gives you a chance to imagine nice things, nicer than they are.” — Ben Hecht
One of the many joys of having dogs is waking up and taking them out first thing in the morning. This day we enjoyed a quiet walk in the fog and misty rain. I’ve always enjoyed this weather. It adds a sense of calm and serenity to our surroundings. Noise disappears in the mist, and as we walk along, it even silences the crunch of dry leaves beneath our feet.
I was talking to one of my fellow wine-lover friends a couple of months back, and she was raving about a California Red Blend called Orin Swift Machete. She said it was one of the best wines she has ever had. Knowing her taste palate tends to bold, in-your-face wines. Realizing my wife likes the same wine style, I bought a few bottles.
I’m always amazed by the positive power of the morning. As the sun climbs over the horizon and the first rays of light touch the world around me, it whispers the promise of our greatest blessing; a new day, a fresh start that Nature gives us every 24 hours.
I love great “value” wines. For a wine drinker, there are few things better than buying a low-cost bottle of wine, opening it, and having it surprise you, outpacing its cost with good flavor and quality. The 2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon did exactly that for me. I bought this wine at a local wine shop (shout out to Sunset and Vine in Blowing Rock, NC for this selection. Support your local wine shop!). My wife was grilling out some spicy jalapeno burgers. My cab stock was low, so I picked up this bottle for $16 to pair with our meal.
I posted this on Memorial Day on Facebook (back before I had a blog and still had an active Facebook account). It was probably the my favorite post on that platform, and so on this Memorial Day, I added it here as a constant reminder of a generation who didn’t stick their heads in the sand and fought against evil and oppression, no matter the location; no matter the cost.