It was at the peak of the “Swing Era” revisited, when the younger set discovered that they could dance and hold their partner as well as rediscovering the sound of the Big Band. A good friend of ours is a part time musician, and I must say a very fine saxophonist (but that is not his day job) was having fun with a “Big Band” group and they were going to have a Swing Dance with the theme of a World War Two U.S.O. affair. Everyone from the band to the people that wanted to dance or just listen to the music was encouraged to dress of the era. There were a lot of soldiers and sailors in uniform, both male and female. The civilian look also had the infamous Zoot Suiters.
Why do I bring up this party, besides that it was a good time, to show how even a wine that you make take for granted could become wonderful due to the moment. We just ordered a Kendal-Jackson Chardonnay, which is almost everywhere these day. This is just one of a couple of dozen (always) safe wines to choose, no matter the situation. These fail-safe wines will always work as long as it will pair with the food that you are ordering. The wine was just refreshing and vibrant as I recall and was perfect after tripping the light fantastic. There are some evenings when I have this wine, where it is not as enjoyable as it was that evening. A lesson that can be learned about wine is that the environment can be as much of a sensory joy, as taste and aroma.