After a rather, how shall I say it...eventful week, Joel and Judy's invitation to accompany them to the annual Blessing of the Grapes at Colibri Ridge was most welcome. This event usually takes place in August, just before harvest begins. The cool weather and rain this summer that many of us have so enjoyed has not been good for the grapes. It was doubly unfortunate that the blessing had to take place on the opening date of football season, because John prepared tri-tip sliders with all the fixings. The crowd that normally comes to the ceremony and to taste the grapes and the wine from those grapes evidently stayed home with beer, pretzels and football. The prayer this year included an extension asking for a few more weeks of eighty-plus days to ripen the grapes. I have to admit I said a rather weak "amen," as I cope much better in eighty and below. Mike "Mojo" played classic rock and roll on his guitar, a light breeze blew on a sunny day, the food was good, the wine was great, and I was in the company of sweet friends. DK Cellar is a neighboring winery to Colibri (Hummingbird) Ridge, and Kim invited a few of us over to sample their fine wares, as well. I sampled myself into complete happiness. It was a lovely day.
I still haven't been able to reach Smelly Mel. I hope he doesn't show up unannounced today.