We opened a bottle of wine tonight from British Columbia's Lake Okanagan's wine region, a lovely Gamay Noir. They have some spectacular wines in the area alas their wine tasting season doesn't begin until May 1 and when we were there 4 years ago they refused to open most of their bottles unless we were going to buy them. Excuse me, we're not buying wine unless we can taste it first! We're not rookies here.
I hope they've changed their tune since then but you never know.
We picked up some SPECTACULAR wines, shipped 3 cases directly from BC, shipped another 4 cases from WA state and checked another 3 cases on the airline. I won't go into details but we really lucked out. For a few years we NEVER touched that section of the wine cellar. It was the last trip that Deb, Fred and Larry & I made together. Deb and Fred left early because Fred was in terrible pain. He was a retired LAFD captain that had had a floor collapse on him in Hollywood. It struck us odd that Deb was driving up in the joy of meeting up with them after a year we didn't pay attention. We tasted, wined, dined at upscale and not so upscale but oh so good restaurants. There was an Indian restaurant in the last town we were together in, can't for the live of me remember the name. But the owner knew he had a group of Foodies in his grasp and was not about to let us go. What a divine night. If only we knew how much pain that Fred was battling...
We had another day of tasting to go then we were going to drive to Deb & Fred's in Vancouver. That's not the way it worked out. They went home, Fred in extreme pain. Larry and I spent another couple of days wine tasting, then called to see if they were up for us visiting. No.We'd decided to head back to Seattle to visit our friend Merrilee and once Fred recovered we'd get together again. Less than 2 weeks later Fred was diagnosed with a very, very ugly cancer. Two weeks after that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not a fun time for any of us is a major understatement.
I will spare you the ugly details. We finally decided last year we had to start drinking our BC wine. Yes we lost some of it but we'll never loose those memories of our last REAL days with Deb & Fred. We were blessed to see him at his son's wedding and once more after that. We're lucky to still have Deb who is really my sister in disguise. We decided that the first time that she and I met together. We are also blessed with the wonderful people we met because of Deb & Fred. Bev & Chase, Greg & Caryl, Steve & Ruth, Jon & Janet. The staples of our lives thanks to Deb & Fred.