Today my Uncle Pat and my Dad’s high school buddy, George Taber, stopped by for lunch. He happened to be in the area doing research for a new book. In case you’re not familiar (to be honest I wasn’t until about 3 weeks ago), Mr. Taber wrote the 1976 Time magazine article titled “The Judgement of Paris” and in 2005 wrote a detailed book about the California vs. Paris blind taste test. The event was also the subject of the movie “Bottle Shock” released in 2008. Dad and George (I like to assume that we’re on a first name basis now) talked about old times, new times, and wine while I mostly listened and tried to learn something.

After lunch we persuaded George to join us at the Corley’s Monticello Vineyards for a tasting of their Big Reds. We tasted 7 wines and I fell head over heels for #6, the 2006 Corley “State Lane Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon. I loved it so much I bought a bottle…the most expensive bottle of wine I’ve ever purchased in my entire life. I mean, it’s not sell a kidney expensive, but $60 for a bottle of wine is “high-end” to me. To do it up right I think I’ll have to buy a decanter too. Look at me…in a mere 24 hours I’ve taken the jump from “two buck chuck” to wine needing a decanter. I think I’ll save this bottle for a special occasion…perhaps share it with my teammates after we complete the 39 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in July?! Hmm…

And if that wasn’t enough my Dad and I also headed off to #1’s in-laws in Walnut Creek for a feast – BBQ tenderloin, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, peas, delicious Franciscan Cab and for dessert a lovely sponge cake topped with berries and whipped cream. Yes, I will be taking a loooong walk tomorrow.