This week our daughter, Molly, and her husband, Beau, and two tiny daughters are moving, so I am helping them pack. They have been living for the past three years in my mother’s home–our “family home” if you will.
So as we pack, we discover a mix of their new, techy, trendy stuff: the baby monitor, the hydraulic wine opener, the digital photo frame. And I pack a gilt clock of my mom’s, brought back from Europe, decades-old children’s books, a gift from Beau’s mother to Lyla, and a closet full of Christmas decorations, left behind because they “belong” to the house.
Memories for me, memories for my child, memories to be made for her children, all carefully wrapped in newspapers and packed into boxes, to start their new lives in a new home.
I love that high tech gadgets and antique books can co-exist under one roof. I’m glad my children appreciate their roots and celebrate them.
But they still love a cool, new “thing.”
They’re our kids, after all.
And now a word from someone who appreciates old roots, too. Grape ones.
Wine of the week: Chateau Bonnet Rouge 2010
Chateau Bonnet Rouge ($10, purchased, 14%) is the quintessential cheap red wine:
• It tastes of where it’s from, in this case the Bordeaux region of France. That means enough fruit to be recognizable (mostly red); some earthiness so that it doesn’t taste like it came from Argentina or Australia (almost mushroomy for this vintage); and tannins that make the wine taste better.
• Varietally correct, so that the merlot and cabernet sauvignon taste like merlot and cabernet sauvignon, and not some gerrymandered red wine where the residual sugar level was fixed before the wine was made.
• It doesn’t have any flaws or defects, and is consistent from vintage to vintage.
In this, it shows that simple wines can be enjoyable and that simple does not mean stupid or insulting. What more do wine drinkers need?
And if the Bonnet needs any more to recommend it, this was a four-year-old $10 wine. Too many four-year-old $10 wines don’t make it past 18 months before they oxidize or turn to vinegar.
Highly recommended (as are the Bonnet blanc and rose). The only catch is pricing. Some retailers, even for older, previous vintages like this, figure they can get $15 for it because it has a French label that says Bordeaux. It’s still a fine value for $15, but I hate to give those kinds of retailers my business.
Thanks, Jeff, for the rec.