I began telling a tale about being in Kentucky, and then I was side-tracked, just like I am in real life. One thing about Raconteurs is that, no matter how flustered or way-laid, we eventually get back to a story, because somehow in the back of our brain, we know that there is more than a dangling participle left out waiting to be finished. We had a monumental family get-together and in one weekend, we had the mother and all five sisters and spouses in town to see a high school production of Mary Poppin Jr. It was not that we were all major fans of the film and later the play, but because the twins in Kentucky had the leads and it might be the last time that they are on stage for some time, as they are attending different universities in the fall.
It was an example of controlled chaos in the house and especially in the kitchen for my Sister-in-Law and I do think she was reveling the entire time. Not only did we have all the siblings, but we had a strong showing of the children of the siblings for the weekend as well. Now if you can imagine five sisters all trying to cook at the same time, and it was kind of Marxian (as in Brothers, not Communism), because every dish had to be studied to make sure that certain members could eat this or eat that. There are allergies to contend with, and then there is Gluten-free demands and medically required diets, so the sisters may band against me, but at times it seemed that Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo all were in the kitchen and basically being as functional as possible. We also had some of the kids making side trips for oriental food and raids on a chain that will soon be in Michigan, in a big way Chick-fil-a. I guess it isn’t as crazy when we have the big dinners here, or maybe I am just oblivious to it, because I usually don’t have a main seat in the kitchen area, but I think my Bride has a handle on the dietary rules of everyone, and she shops ahead.
Wine was flowing, and I really missed taking photographs of most of the bottles that we went through each night, but that is fine, because even I was caught up in the maelstrom of the event. One of the bottles that evening was Charles & Charles Chardonnay 2015 from Washington State. Charles & Charles is from Bieler and Smith, a joint collaboration formed in 2008 between Charles Smith of K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines and Charles Bieler of Three Thieves, Bieler Pere et Fils and Gotham Project. The fruit came from the Columbia Valley and from three vineyards there; Evergreen/Ancient Lakes, Shaw High River and Moxee. The wine was very crisp and belied its popular price. They aged the wine for eight months on the lees, with twenty percent in barrels and the balance in Stainless Steel.