|Hello and Happy Friday!Craig is definitely enjoying running around Portugal with Abe & Adrienne of Fat Rice Restaurant and I am sure they are tasting a million great wines and getting inspired by the local dishes and products. As a result, Routier will be on strike tonight, but our two featured wines this week are so very French that you could pick up a bottle or 2 of each and have your very own personal Routier right at home.
Another reminder, we will be closed next Monday May 20th, as Craig continues his Portuguese sojourn.
Years ago, there was an ad on television that depicted a rather harried lady, several thoughts circling her head (muddy dogs running on a clean white carpet, a crying baby, an older child spilling milk and an ambivalent husband slinging a bag of golf clubs over his shoulder yelling that he’ll be back in eight hours). Clearly at her breaking point, she would finally yell, “Calgon take me away!” and within minutes find herself in a foamy, luxurious bath tub far away from all her worldly hassles.
Times have changed. We need something stronger. We do. I imagine the French, with their je ne sais quoi attitudes, trim figures and chillax gesticulations never get to the point where they need to immerse themselves in a perfumed bubble bath. They are never reduced to yelling “Calgon, sortez-moi de là!” Why? Because they are perpetually bathed in wine, lots of glorious, interesting wine, relaxing them and fortifying their souls. They sit outside when they drink this wine, surrounded by larkspur and hyacinths, or sup inside upon hearth roasted chicken and lamb, atop a hand-made pear wood table, a glorious wind cascading through the tiled entryway.
So, whether you have a small porch, or a yard teeming with a rhizomatous, noxious perennial called the Canada Thistle (thanks friends to the north!) or even just a wobbly Ikea table, here are two wonderful wines that will transport you to a better, more lavish, and very French place, if only for a little while.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb
Friday Feature 5/17/13:
What To Drink When You’re Sitting Around Pretending To Be French