Last year, I wrote about the passing of a friend, Ed Langdon, and how despite having known him only a few days, he made me feel as if I had known him my whole life. I met him on one of my trips to Washington State, brother-in-law to Brother Lou, and his passing was a real shock. Recently, his wife Barbara – Brother Lou’s sister – was in town, and Brother Lou invited me over to his house to have a glass of wine with him and his sister.
It had been a long time since I last saw Barb. She seemed in great spirits, and it was great to reminisce a bit, and hear how she was doing.
I haven’t been feeling all that great about myself lately. It’s funny when the darkness sometimes overtakes the light, but it happens, particularly to folks like me. So it was an incredibly meaningful thing when Barb told me just how my little post about Ed had touched so many people in their family. My little tribute to her late husband, a man a barely knew, had an impact I had not expected, and it meant so much to hear it meant something to them, the words I used to describe such an amazing individual as Ed Langdon.
In a world where so much hatred and disrespect is spewed forth, whether in social media, on TV, or just anywhere in public you may go, it’s good to know saying a few kind words can make a difference to others.
If we could only view each other as Ed did, maybe we may find something closer to peace.
Meanwhile, Brother Lou recently paid a visit to the Wine Bar with John Kraushaar from Merryvale Vineyards & Starmont Winery.
Starmont Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012. Grade=Outstanding. Light, crisp and delicious. Shows off a bit of creaminess toward the finish. Meyer lemon, jalapeno skin, guava and white grapefruit.
Starmont Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013. Grade=Outstanding. Leaner with more acidity. Lemon curd, melon, lime, pineapple and quince.
Starmont Chardonnay Napa Valley 2011. Grade=Outstanding. Slightly buttery with vanilla cream, apple pie and pineapple notes.
Starmont Pinot Noir Carneros 2012. Grade=Outstanding. Loads of cherry and mulberry fruit aromas and flavors, hints of black pepper, truffle, mushroom and dried herbs.
Starmont Merlot Carneros 2012. Grade=Outstanding. Blue-fruited, full-bodied with great balance of acidity.
Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Full-bodied, rich, loaded with chocolate, blackberries and tobacco notes.
Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. Big, rich, unctuous Cab, full-bodied, velvety tannins, dense notes of black currants, blackberries, dark plums, pepper and leather.