I have long revered the primacy of the present moment, preaching the gospel of ‘Be Here Now’. Que Sera, Sera, I say; plans are for the foolish and lead only to disappointment. I am also not a follower by nature, but, I admit, there are times when a careful look around is not enough, when the wisdom of others and lessons of the past can come in handy.
My friend, Scotty, an astute observer, was travelling through Greece as a young man, and he spent an afternoon on the coast, watching fishermen do the timeless dance they’ve been doing since there were fish and men. He was relaxing at the end of a rocky jetty, watching, smiling, enjoying himself, when, one by one, each of the Greeks packed up their lines and nets and set off back toward shore.
The final fisherman turned to Scotty and said something in the local dialect, his finger pointed straight out to Sea. Scotty looked to the horizon and thought, ‘yes, the Sea is quite beautiful.’ The man pointed again, more insistently, and my friend made out a rise in the water in the distance, a wave which he then understood would overtake them, submerging the rocks on which they stood, and he hastily, and thankfully, followed the final fisherman to the beach.
The Greeks have been making wine for over 6,000 years and have learned a thing or two in that time. Come by this Sunday afternoon, club members pick up your April wine club bottles and everyone taste some new arrivals from the old masters.
Also, we’ve made some observations of our own and noticed that plenty of you want to hang out at Oakland Yard later than 8 on Thursdays, so we’re expanding our hours until 9pm Thursday nights, regardless of the tide tables.
TONIGHT: Thursday Night Flights! ITALIAN REDS and GERMAN WHITES: Grignolino, Gaglioppo, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Gutedel, and Riesling - $12 tasting flights from 4 to 9pm!!!
SATURDAY 4/6: PORTUGUESE tasting flights – Reds and whites from the Dao, Douro, Monção and Alentejo- $15 tasting - Flights from 2 to 6pm and wines by the glass until 9pm.
SUNDAY 4/7: GREEK tasting flights & WINE CLUB PICK UP - New reds and whites from the Peloponnese, Macedonia, and Naoussa – $15 tasting (FREE for wine club members) Flights from 2 to 6 - and wines by the glass until 8pm.