Piccata and Penelope

Lt. Col. Korn, XO:  All you have to do is be our pal.

Col. Cathcart:  Say nice things about us.

Lt. Col. Korn, XO: Tell the folks at home what a good job we’re doing.  Take our offer Yossarian

Col. Cathcart: Either that or a court-martial for desertion.

This is the condensed and I feel abridged version from the book, but it is about two Air Force Colonels who take it upon themselves to keep raising the number of missions the pilots must fly, before they are rotated out.  The officers were anticipating getting glory and recognition from the higher-ups and they were also hoping to get written up by the popular magazines of the day; neither of which came true and now they were in the midst of “CYA” and I think it has parallels to today.  As for us we are just going with the flow.  My Bride is still working her job which is considered essential, though she is not on the front lines and her work is from 8:00 to 4:30, and I am keeping her same hours, just in another part of the house.  We then take our half-hour walk of three kilometers, which is not a bad pace for a couple of seniors and we are not wheezing or puffing when we get home. 

We are having breakfast together, and then we usually meet up for lunch, unless she is in the middle of a big project.  After our walk, we then have our dinner together.  We are trying to maintain a routine of normalcy, just like the days before the cold virus.  As I have said, she tries to make a dinner that is at least ample for two dinners, and sometimes three, and I have probably eaten more leftovers in the last seventy days then the entire prior year.  In fact, we had leftovers of the Chicken Piccata dinner.

The only difference for the menu is the wine and I have been looking for wines that have been tucked away that needed to be discovered.  I found a wine that I had forgotten about, but it was now or never.  I opened up a bottle of Penelope Sanchez Tinto Joven Campo de Borja D.O.  2008 a blend of eighty-five percent Garnacha (Grenache) and the balance Syrah.  Campo de Borja is in Aragon, which is in Northern Spain.  An historic district founded in 5 BC, the Borgia family that rose to prominence in Italy during the Renaissance and produced two Popes, and the name translates to the Land of the Borja. Winemaking in the area goes back to the time of the Romans.  Garnacha/Grenache is the leading grape grown with an average of thirty to fifty-year-old vines and the locals refer to the area as the Empire of Garnacha.  Some of the other grapes that are grown there are Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mazuelo/Carinena and Syrah and some Rosé wines are found there along with some white wines from Macabeo/Viura, Chardonnay and Moscatel.  The only references that I could find to Penelope Sanchez is that the wine is made to be drank young, and all I can say is that twelve years it was still a charming bottle of mellow Grenache.

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