Well, yesterday I told you what I’d done a week ago, so I guess I’m making progress given that today, I’m prepared to share what I did Saturday.
I was hoping to stop at a League member’s garden that was open for a special tour on our way to the Horton Pig Roast, but as is our norm on weekends, we were running late. Luckily, some people get their acts together better than we do, and the Knight’s cousin poured me a glass of Freedom as soon as we arrived.
You can’t tell from the photo, despite my efforts of putting the wine glasses in the floor and using the white ‘fridge as a backdrop, but my glass (left) has PANK printing, and the Knight’s (right) has red. Mine has a cat on it, which I want to ask Mrs. Horton about; I happen to know she is a dog lady, but I suppose she could like cats too… The Knight’s features a Lincoln quote, with a nod to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
The wine, like many of Horton’s whites, is a little sweet and fruity. I tried to get more information from their vintner, but ever the company man, he basically just recited what is written on the price sheet:
Freedom – (Sweet Tropical Wine) – Fruity wine shows aromas and flavors of granny smith apples, peaches, and mangos. Serve chilled with hot spicy food. Nickname: Porch wine
What’s funny is I am not big on peach or mango, but I *ADORE* this wine and bought several bottles, along with more of their sparkling Viognier, which might well be my favorite libation EVER. (Nickname: Dom Virginion – need I say more?!) The Knight and the vintner know to send more of both my way every time the Knight works at the winery.
I am biased. I don’t care whether you like sweet, fruity whites or not… How can you NOT give a shout-out to a local vineyard that not only celebrates our history, but asks its customers to pause and “remember those who have fought and died for our freedom”?
And yes, I suppose in an effort to be transparent, I should note that we do business with the Hortons quite regularly, but this is not a paid endorsement. I’ll also note that my BIL and the Knight’s cousins drink reds and have found offerings they buy regularly at Horton’s too. They are an award-winning winery in many categories, year after year.
After a very pleasant afternoon in the shade with the Knight’s cousin, his wife, my brother inlaw and his girlfriend and some grape pie, we still did dinner at Bavarian Chef at the original, Madison location. We didn’t take advantage of the restaurant week menu. I ordered the same things I order almost every time and it was outstanding as always. Is there a support group for men with a cream corn problem? If so, I’m signing the Knight and his brother up.
I should have gotten a photo of the grape pie. Big, fat, red grapes, whole, with some VERY purple gelatinous stuff to hold it together. The Knight’s cousin made me eat a bite after he tired of my unintentional game of 20 questions. It wasn’t bad, but not being a fan of grape jam, jelly or even Kool-Aid, that one bite was plenty. (I couldn’t find an image that was close enough… no top crust, and really… the gel was more of a dark lilac than the rich blue-red-purples I see in the online images that came up in my search…)
Have you tried anything new lately?