Michelle is a friend and the honcho over at Wilson Elementary School's PTA. I'm sure she had a little help, but dam if she didn't put on a shindig Friday night at The Retreat. Sole purpose: raise some dinero for the school.
You know, it's a good cause so you eat Pasta Primavera, spend a little money, laugh with your friends, pretend to gamble, do the silent auction (Mrs TWC, looking stunningly glam in black, brought home a huge basket of parlor tricks for the kids), skip the not-so-silent auction (where it almost sounds like high bidder gets Chippendale's at the house), and have some drinks.....On the way out Michelle handed me a bottle of Chardonnay. Sorry, Mike, I know it's white. Might have been insurance on her part (Lips that touch white.....). Goes to who you know, though.
Sidebar: Lissen boys, when I was in grade school the mom's did NOT look like this. Apparently the rumor is true, thirty-something is the new twenty-two.
The wine, though, was good. Jackson, of Kendall Jackson has expanded horizons and the new venue is White Rocket. Not clear how it all meshes overall, but Silver Palm Cabernet is a new direction and the target market is the millennium kids. That's the people who came of age after the turn of the century. Feel old?
Although Silver Palm often retails for ten bucks a glass in fine eateries around the country, we were fortunate enough to score a glass for five bucks. Retail? $15.00-$20.00 a bottle US. But, intriguingly, the core market is upscale food purveyors, not retail.
The wine is complex yet mellow. No fumes, no barnyard, no desperate call for aeration (decanting). It is surprisingly good and four glasses later my opinion remained steadfast. Good stuff. Nice offering. Winemaker Melissa Bates (Rutherford and Sebastiani) has done herself up right.
You'll see it on the menu when you take that hottie in 4-D to dinner. Order it. (what did I tell you about taking chicks out to a high dollar dinner on the first date? Eh? Buy you books and you just eat the covers).
I liked it. You will too. Not the book covers.