A Goodbye and a Bottle of Wine

2 Aug

For some people wine is just fermented grape juice, no more exciting or magical than a bottle of soda.  It is much more than that, however.  It is the proper accompaniment for any number of occasions: celebrations, milestones, and, as in yesterday, goodbyes.

Rebecca left this morning for her three-week cross-country journey through which she will be exploring America and relocating to Alaska, where she’ll be clerking at the state intermediate appellate court.  We spent yesterday in Philadelphia, stopping first at Metropolitan Bakery for pastries (she had a chocolate croissant and I had a slice of a delicious prune log) at Rittenhouse Square.  We grabbed a quick bite at Tria wine bar (we shared poached black Mission figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto di parma, and an absolutely wonderful cold duck salad with spinach, strawberries, and pistachios in a citrus-mint vinaigrette), browsed perhaps the best Italian market ever, and ended the evening in Philly at Marathon on the Square where we had amazing fried calamari and she had shrimp and crab pasta and I had a beef brisket quesadilla.  (We also took a detour to Anthropologie and then to Fishtown, which was not well-advised.)

But afterwards, back in Wilmington we uncorked a bottle to accompany us into the night.

The 2007 Ridge “Paso Robles” Zinfandel.  100% Zinfandel.  I had had a bottle of the ’06 Paso Robles and loved it.  We opened it and drank it as the night slipped away and the morning, with its prospect of her leaving, edged ever closer.  The Ridge was a light color, with very pronounced acidity but good firm tannins.  It was zippy, with cranberry and bright red fruits underlined by darker notes of prune.  A hint of menthol and pepper.

I don’t know when I’ll see her next, but I do know that when I do, there will be a bottle of wine.

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3 Responses to “A Goodbye and a Bottle of Wine”

  1. Shea August 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    Nice writeup. I love Philadelphia, except for the state wine monopoly, which reminds me of Canada. I recall having several excellent meals there when visiting for an academic conference many years ago.

    As for the Ridge, it is not my favourite of theirs, but I love their approach to zin. Great prices and real wine with personality. It may not be perfect, but it tastes like someone I’d want to meet (on reflection that sounds dodgy).

    • vinicultured August 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

      Hey Shea,

      Philly is one of my new favorite American cities. As I’ve told others, it has a blue collar exuberance I quite like. There are, however, some pretty shady areas (just like every other major city, I suppose).

      Hahaha–I understand exactly what you mean. Ridge wines have personality. If that’s the case, what would that make, say, Charles Shaw? =)

  2. Shea August 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    Charles Shaw? It has similar appeal to several of the eateries on Telegraph Ave.

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