Going Home from Vegas

The last time we were in Las Vegas was in January 2019 and I have photos of snow on the palm trees and on the mountains, and when we flew back, we had a blizzard that didn’t look bad, until we got to our subdivision and got stuck, a half block away from our house.  We carried all the luggage to the house, and finally got the car unstuck and drove it a mile away to leave at a hospital parking lot, because it was the only area clear.  We were going to hold off our following trip to Vegas for May or June 2020 to see our old grandson graduate, well you know what happened that year.  We were all packed to fly home, and they were talking about snow in Detroit at the end of April, another example of Global Warming and should someone give back his money and award?

We were at the airport and made it through Checkpoint Charley, except that my Bride had forgotten that she had a bottle of water in her carry-on luggage, and she had also forgotten to pull her laptop out of her under seat bag.  The good news is that she didn’t get a colorectum examination on the spot. We had a couple of hours to waste at the airport, and there are only two places one could take off the mask for a respite, even though we had both shots; one was in the airport casino smoking lounge and we don’t smoke or at a restaurant that had a bar.  Since, we knew that there would be no real beverages or food for the next several hours of travel, we had to make the most of it.  We went to a PGA Tour Grill, even though we are neither golfers or really interested in the game.  I also might add, that they have not taken a tip from The Masters and kept food and beverages at ridiculously low prices, but it is an airport and a pack of LifeSavers is three bucks.  My Bride, true to form had a Caesar Salad with Chicken, and I had a Chipotle Chicken sandwich.

The best part of the meal was the nine-ounce pours of wine.  I guess everyone at the airport had the same idea and it was a zoo, so it was one of the few times that I could not take an actual photo of the wine and the bottle and I have to resort to stock images found on the web.  My Bride stayed loyal to herself and had a glass of Del Vento Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC (-), bottled by GI SPA, Trento, Italy. The rooster is a symbol of good luck, and Del Vento translates to “of the wind.”   The Venezie in the name, most people think is for Venice, the historic and romantic city of canals, island, bridges and gondolas, but it is actually for Tre Venezie, Triveneto or “Three Venices.”  These three are Venezia Euganea, Venezia Giulia and Venezia Tridentina and they were three Italian administrative regions which existed from 1866 to 1919 and now correspond to Veneto, Friuli-Venezie Gulia and Trentino-Alto Adige; Delle Venezie covers the entire area with the exception of Alto-Adige or Sudtirol. The DOC laws allow that the wine must be at least eighty-five percent Pinot Grigio and then there is a long list of local grapes that may be used to blend in.   This wine is produced using Stainless Steel and the maturing time is not long, so as to keep the freshness of the fruit. This was a nice crisp Pinot Grigio that was just easy to drink and refreshing.  I went with a glass of Charles & Charles Rose Blend Columbia Valley (-) from a collaboration founded in 2008 between Charles Bieler and Charles Smith, under the umbrella of Trinchero Family Estates. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre.  Another easy drinking wine and between the chilling and the slightly sweet finish it was a nice pairing with the spices of my sandwich.  By the way, when we got to our parked car, there was several inches of snow on the car, and thankfully the snow brush was still in the car, but it seems that unlike the last return drive, most of the snow was at the airport and almost none at our subdivision.  

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