December 2005

It happened so fast this year – Christmas is here already and it seems to me just yesterday we were taking pictures at Gracies last Pre-School Christmas sing 12 months ago.

I just wrapped up signing a note from Santa Claus to each of the little ones and the process brought a tear (or two) to my eyes. They just seem to grow up too fast, not waiting one minute for us all to catch up. It reminds me to cherish the moments I do have with them – they are fleeting…

I am finally off to kiss Grace and Jack goodnight. Merry Christmas everyone!

DSC_0064_001.JPGMy little girl (btw – now 50+ pounds and nearly 50 inches tall!) wil be 6 YEARS OLD in March and she lost another tooth last night! She is my inspiration in so many ways. She strives to be the very best at everything she does (except maybe cleaning up 🙂 and she is such an amazing big sister to her little bro, Jackson. They truly do love to be with each other. It is such a precious time…

For those non-spanish speakers (like me) – that means “Amazing CHEAP Spanish Wines”. Lately I have become privy to some of the most fantastic low-cost spanish wines from all the wonderful espana regions. The best thing about drinking a very nice wine is when it’s under $20 and less if possible. My favorite thus far is Pazo de Senorans Albarino – wow. What an amazingly fresh, summer glass with a peach, citrus and earthy nose that gives way to a well balanced finish. This wine goes very nicely with Fish… Here are a few of the other “cheapies” Heather and I are drinking these days:

Hecula Yecla (Red $9.99)

Senorio de Barahonda Monastrell Tinto (Red, $10.99)

Castell del Remei Gotim Bru (Red, $9.99)

Viña Sila “Las Brisas,” Rueda (white, $11.99)

Pasil, Rueda, Blanco (White, $11.99)

Many a night I saw the Pleiades, rising thro’ the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1837-8, Locksley Hall

It’s no wonder this guy Sean Thackrey – a strange winemaker in a very strange and over complicated world of highly paid, snobbish oenophiles (read Helen Turley who I once loved in the early days of the Turley Big Zin), is simply too cool for words…he is an eccentric, yet eloquent winemaker who chooses constellation names for his wines. I guess cause they were so far “out there” when he started. Many believe he kicked of f the era of HUGE california wines and it shows.

His goods are big, forward wines and in specific, the Pleiades, his “disobedient” wine is the one to watch as it will blow you away for the price. I think for the money it squashes the more pricey Orion and other labels he produces. They are all solid offerings but at $18 vs. $80 a bottle, the Seven Sisters and Messier 45 is the absolute choice. Bold, fun (this thing has at least 5 varietals), interesting and downright CHEAP, this fine wine is worth twice the price. To give an idea – I found it at Bacar in SF for $34 bucks – what a steal! I love you Sean Thackrey – please keep up the good work!

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