Black Friday 2022

Most people take for granted, the long weekend that Thanksgiving allows, but certain professions don’t and probably never will, and I had one of those jobs.  Now, everyday is a holiday, but we still function like I was working and this way, the month of December is not for shopping.  Black Friday was supposedly the day, the big Manhattan stores broke even for the year, and then the profit margin exploded for the month that follows. That is why I always laugh when I see other countries talk about Black Friday, as they don’t have our Thanksgiving.

So, my Bride did not get up at the crack of dawn, to enter any of the coliseums and do battle with other shoppers.   We were going to go to one sister’s house for dinner on Friday, but something came up and another sister volunteered.  Dinner was for four, we arrived at three, so that my Bride could help with the food, we were bringing wine and all the leftovers from Thanksgiving, while my brother-in-Law was making his Lasagna, and he also made his own creation of a Potato Lasagna. Another couple came after us, and they had brought a huge Charcuterie Board.  I made a meal from that board, and we started off with a bottle of wine that I had left at their house, and they kept it for another big get-together.  Gran Passione Rosso Veneto IGT 2019 is a limited production wine made by Cantine Bertoldi.  Cantine Bertoldi is known for their Valpolicella and Amarone wines.  They were founded in 1932 and have gone through several generations of the Bertoldi family and they are now in possession of fifty acres of hand cared varietals of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Trebbiano and Cortese, while also adding into the mix they have Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  The grapes selected for their passito wines are sun dried and fermented in Stainless Steel.  The Gran Passione is made from some of these passito grapes and is made from a “rare red blend” which is a way to describe a mixture that either the winery wants to keep secret, or they just are not sure of their proprietary blend and then there are some years when this wine is not made.  While the wine is not as rich and full bodied as an Amarone de Valpolicella, it is a delightful wine.

About three hours, after we got there, the hordes arrived, expecting to be fed.  There was plenty of food beyond the two Lasagnas.  There was enough Turkey and Prime Rib and all the side dishes from the day before.  I guess my Bride went a bit overboard on her menu, but she did make a fresh Caesar Salad.  As for me, I had filled up on the appetizers and didn’t eat anything else that day.  I was also upset about another three-hour lag time, and I told my Bride that we will totally abide by her schedule for food, if no one arrives, we will eat, and then put all the food in the refrigerators and the Johnny-come-latelies can have rewarmed leftovers courtesy of a microwave.  I opened up a bottle of Scheid Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and it is listed as being Estate Grown from their San Lucas and Hames Valley Vineyards. The wine was barrel aged for twenty month and was bottled unfiltered to preserve the tannin structure. This wine produced six-hundred-fourteen cases and the aging potential is eight to ten years, though it may have the potential to cellar even longer, in my humble opinion, but at ten years we tried it. The deep garnet wine still had red accents and no traces of brick or brown and offered notes of black fruits and spices.  On the palate, tones of dark cherry and ripe plum and vanilla mingled effortlessly with elegant tannins that had mellowed out and a nice finish of fruit, spice and terroir beckoned for another taste.    

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