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The House Blond and her cohorts in the ASB created a House of Horrors for the Junior High Halloween Dance and Carnival that rivals Knott's Scary Farm. She and her friends put in a lot of time over the last month and the effort shows. TWC was impressed.
Takes After My Mother's Side of the Family, I say.
For those of you who don't know, a forty-five automatic is a handgun that shoots .45 caliber ammunition. The term automatic refers to the fact that the gun automatically feeds a new round into the chamber after the previous round is discharged. The weapon does not fire automatically as a machine gun does. Instead, one must pull the trigger each time a shot is fired.
The Calcu is a smooth red blend of of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot.
TWC is fond of Carmenère (also called Grand Carmenèt), which was once *THE* premier grape of Bordeaux. Unfortunately it was obliterated in Europe over a century ago by the scourge of phylloxera and assumed to be extinct. In truth, a few Carmenère vines migrated to Chile from France a century and a half ago, but were thought to be simply a Chilean adaptation of Merlot until genetic fingerprinting revealed the true nature of the Lost Grape of Bordeaux about fifteen years ago.
Carmenère is perfectly adapted to the inland valleys of Central Chile, which enjoy warm, dry, sunny days and huge nightly temperature swings that slow the ripening of the fruit. Longer hang time means more vibrant and flavorful fruit.
The wine is styled in the way of a Bordeaux red with a little minerality (is that even a word?) and subdued fruit. There is a whiff of black cherry and notes of red currant. The finish is as smooth with mild tannins.
You'll find the Calcu priced nicely at around ten dollars U.S. Inexpensive enough to enjoy on a week night. Tasty enough to impress your dinner guests. Serve it with roast beef or pasta with red sauce and Italian sausage.
Winemakers Ricardo Rivadeneira and Alejandro Jofre artfully blend the mineral notes and fresh acidity of grapes from the Andes foothills with the ripe tannins and red fruit from the center of the valley, and add richness and body from grapes grown closer to the Pacific Ocean. This vintage has a round and structured mouth with soft, sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is fresh and balanced, with great volume from the Petit Verdot.
In celebration of her birthday, Mrs TWC joined moi for a lovely lunch which concluded with a traditionally prepared and ever-so-marvelous creme brulee, courtesy of Citrus City Grill in Dos Lagos. Course, moi cannot remember the chick's name that gave us such good service so as to give her a shout out. I curse and blame the wine.
Later The House Blond dished up a hot fudge sundae with all the fixin's except a maraschino cherry on top. Her brother ate them all on Friday.
We've traveled a lot of highways together. Happy Birthday, Darlin'.
For the record, the good people of Salem never burned a single witch at the stake. Burning at the stake was a European custom. We in America were more partial to the rope. Hanging deaths are quick. More humane than the torch.