This porto, much like Miss Tawny, is very yummy. It’s not too syruppy with just the right amount of sweet.
We had a new Total Wine & More open near us so we headed up there on Saturday to check it out. We had a tasting of Williamsburg Winery wines (two whites and a red), a tasting of Spanish wines (three reds and two whites) and I tasted a few beers from St. George’s and some brewery from North Carolina.
As we’d just about dinished perusing the store, looking and selecting a number of bottles, the store began setting up another tasting. There was a white, the McManis pictured above, and The Prisoner, which doesn’t normally get tastes as it goes for about $40 a bottle. I’m glad we waited for the guy to finish setting up. Wow! The McManis is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon. It has replaced my previous favorite, Annefield Vineyards (and a good thing since they went out of business), and will likely be my new go to wine since it’s regular price is less than $10.
The Prisoner, btw, on hit my “it’s okay” meter, which certainly isn’t high enough for me to spend almost $40 on it.
I highly recommend McManis. I know wine is highly subjective, but it’s certainly worth you givng it a taste.
I know it’s kind of an arbitrary age to write a post to one’s parent, but seeing as how life is full of ups and downs and twists and turns, and how tomorrow is promised to no one, this post is dedicated to my dad on his 73rd birthday.
Woosha-woosha-woosha. The whispery sound of brush on shoe quietly echoed through our house each morning. Each morning also brought the musky smell of Old Spice, my father’s after shave. In the kitchen, Old Spice mixed with the aroma of coffee and peanut butter on toast. One more quick trip to the bathroom to brush his teeth and my father was on his way to work. Routine. The Army drills until its tasks become second nature in any terrain or climate. Similarly, whether we were living in Germany, Hawaii, or one of the U. S. states, my father ‘s morning regimen was precision. He left the house on time every day looking sharp, ready to accomplish the tasks the day presented. For many years, to me, he was the embodiment of the Army –the professional soldier.
My father taught me more than he knows about setting standards for ourselves and always striving to maintain those standards. He showed me how to be a leader. He inspired me to always do my best, to set high standards and work to achieve my goals. I suppose I also got my unwavering patriotism from my father, the professional soldier.
I thank you for the music and your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
And papa, I don’t think I said I love you near enough
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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips are used for tracking, as well as to store and communicate info on some biometric devices.
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Calvin & Hobbes is a great comic strip. I have several of the compilations and my kids love them, as well. As the Angry Staff Officer mentioned, Bill Waterson frequently managed to sneak life lessons into the strips…some for the kids, some for the grown-ups.
When I was seven, my mother did the worst thing I could conceive of: she took my Calvin and Hobbes books away from me. Why, why would she do such a horrible thing, I asked her at the time, probably kicking and screaming and waving my tiny fists.
It was a very simple answer: I was acting too much like Calvin.
Little did my mother know, taking away my comic books for a little while would do nothing to cure my obsession for Calvin and Hobbes. Oh sure, I stopped dressing up as Stupendous Man and giving the baby-sitter a hard time; I simply got more subtle. I went ahead and took the lessons from Bill Watterson’s masterpieces and made them a part of my life. Not only that, I took it a step further and made them a part of my military leadership style.
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So, we’re in Aldi’s grocery store and we come to the wine section and there are these bottles with cute little owls on them winking at us. There’s cab, merlot, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot grigio…all for $2.98. What?! Yep, $2.98. Well, I figured we can’t miss on this. Even if it sucked, that would only be a loss of three bucks. Well, this Winking Owl cabernet sauvignon is surprisingly good. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but at about $3, you can’t really beat it. The label describes it as more full-bodied than light and semi-dry, and it is right on. I’ve never seen Winking Owl before, but we’ll certainly pick up a couple the next time we ‘re in an Aldi’s.