The Green Dragon and I recently returned from a trip to California. It was mostly business, but we were able to tack on some time on the end. We visited my cousin in Huntington Beach and also took a trip to the Temecula wine region.
After a much too long flight, during which I was squished in a middle seat and couldn’t get a place next to my wife, we arrived at the Detroit airport. We had to go to baggage claim because we had picked up and packed a couple bottles of wine. So it was a long day when we finally arrived at Toledo Wines and Vines International Headquarters (also known as our house).
Upon walking through the door, we were tackled by our dog Amber. We then greeted daughter Rachel and let out an audible sigh of relief. But the blissful reverie was cruelly shattered…
On the counter was a half empty bottle of Jordan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. My Jordan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Specifically one I had laid down to age peacefully for several more years until its awesomeness had intensified to even greater heights. Now, my hopes lay dashed like a broken eggshell on the ground.
After a cry of anguish, I asked my 20-something daughter what was going on. “I wanted to open a bottle of wine while you were gone and I saw you had two of them,” she said. Green Dragon chimed in, “Rachel, that was daddy’s treasure wine.”
Of course I had two bottles of ‘09 Jordan Cab. In reality I had three, but after what had happened, it’s better that I keep at least one secretly stashed. After moans of despair (she had left it open on the counter for a couple days!) and slightly moist eyes, I gave Rachel a hug.
“Rachel,” I said, “the bad news is that you opened one of my most precious bottles of wine. The good news,” I continued, “is that you have really good taste.”
In such a situation, it’s good to keep a sense of humor. I know that the folks at Jordan like to keep things funny. As an example, check out their hilarious “Thank you for drinking with Jordan Winery and Vineyard” video.
In reality, that’s why I get two or three at a time of my favorite wines. There’s one to enjoy now and one or more to savor later. Just to be on the safe side, though, I have designated a row of a wine rack for everyday drinking to avoid further incidents.