The weather is finally cooling down after a really long, hot and humid summer. So strange for us here in Las Vegas — the humidity, not the long or the hot. And as much as I love red wine, it just doesn’t “go” with hot weather, hence all that white wine I was quaffing and ranting about during the summer.
Tonight we’re celebrating Susie’s birthday with a barbecue on the patio and (yay!) some hearty red wine to complement it. I’ve looked through my stash and am definitely going to pull out some nice “Wednesday night wine,” although it’s Friday. Wednesday night wine in my world is plenty good to share with friends, but something you can also drink by yourself and not feel guilty. I like to keep the good stuff to share with friends. When I was pouring at the G2E convention a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned this to a lady who was all, like, “No way! I pour myself the BEST wine. I figure I paid for it, I enjoy it, so why should I pour it for people who might be just as happy drinking Two Buck Chuck?”
Part of the reason I don’t open the expensive stuff for myself is that I rarely drink more than one glass a night, so a bottle will last a week and sometimes more. Although a good well-made wine usually improves after being opened, there is a limit to how long it will keep before it starts to lose that freshness and awesome flavor. I think a week is pushing it.
However, the lady at the convention did have a point. I have friends who truly appreciate a good wine and take time to savor it, get a kick out of pairing it with different cheeses and love comparing wines side-by-side. (In some ways I’m a little in awe because my palate — which I’ve worked hard to educate — is still pretty much cardboard.) It irks me, I admit, to watch my expensive wine which I’ve saved for a special occasion being tossed back like Kool-Aid. If only there were a way to separate the sheep from the goats but I don’t suppose one could really say, “here, you drink out of this bottle and the rest of us will share the good stuff.”
As I look over my wine stash, I’m thinking I might do what the Bible suggests — open something really special to start with and then when everybody’s feeling happy and mellow, pull out the Wednesday night wine. (Remember the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine and the steward said, “you’re supposed to serve the good stuff first but you saved it for last”?) Yeah, that might work.
So now it’s time to set the table set and hang the “Happy Birthday” banner. I know my friends will enjoy whatever I serve. And I’m prepared for Susie to drink a whole bottle by herself. However, Susie isn’t all that fond of wine, she will be drinking Tejava iced tea. I’m glad I can get her something I know she’ll like, since after all it is her birthday. I hope she enjoys her tea as much as the rest of us will be enjoying the wine.
Happy birthday, Susie.
My book, “Beyond the Spotlight: On The Road with Phyllis Diller” has been nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Award (2014): Autobiography/Memoirs — the Benjamin Franklin Award is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing.