Without getting any rest, we closed up the Fest and headed up the coast to move JD's folks from assisted living to a smaller board and care facility. Dad is 94 and partially paralyzed from a terrible stroke over 3 years ago, and Stepmom is 90 and appears to be slipping into dementia. JD has been working like a dog, packing things up, taking over banking and bookkeeping duties, and just generally taking the brunt of the situation. He heads back up there next week to finish moving stuff. He is not enjoying himself.
Luckily, we have been able to fit in a few nice wines - Visited the Valencia Wine Company back on 6/4 to taste some new wines by Mitch Cosentino. Rep Dennis Ayde presented Mitch's new lines - Purety and Couples & Company (that's Fred Couples, the golfer). As always, Mitch's wines are elegantly made and delicious to taste. We liked the 2006 Couples & Co. Sangiovese blend (82% Sangiovese/18% various Bordeaux varieties) very much. 2 years in oak, spicy, fruity. 4 gold medals from various competitions. $38.99. We also really liked the 2006 Pure Cru Pure Cos blend (50% Cabernet Sauvignon/19% Cabernet Franc/12.5% Merlot/12.5% Sangiovese). Lovely, but at $74.99 a bit outside our budget for the day.
On 6/5, we attended an event at D'Argenzio Enoteca in Burbank. The American Wine Society, of which the Goddess is a Professional Member, put together an intimate meeting of the minds while tasting barrel samples and some of the current releases from this Santa Rosa winery. The tasting room is walking distance from our abode, so we strolled over, got to meet some new friends, and just generally had a good time. We love the D'Argenzio family. They've been in Burbank for at least 3 generations making gorgeous custom cabinets and delicious wines.
6/11 and 6/12 - LAWineFest - blurry memories.
6/18 was Arte in Junio at the Beauty Lounge. Owner Fredy Arboleda hosted an art show and wine tasting. JD and I provided 6 wines from Spain, Portugal and Argentina to pair with tapas, cheese, crackers, fruit, and cupcakes from Joe's Place in Duarte. The cupcakes were a big hit - we never even got to taste one!! Wine-wise, the hit of the evening was the 2009 Gazela Vinho Verde, a delightfully fizzy, fruity 'green' wine from Portugal. We've poured it at events before, and folks just love it. The perfect summer wine!
|Seared diver scallops|
|Raviolo stuffed w/lamb|
|NY Strip & fungi|
So, that's what we've been doing this month. And that's why we're so tired!
More events upcoming soon! And remember, wine - it's good stuff! Cheers!