“Proud dad moments.” Shooting Star Blue Franc 2015


Yesterday morning I kept the kids home from daycare. I went to the gym early, and got home before they rose. When they woke up, Sonja and I dressed them and Sonja got them a snack, then we loaded them into the running stroller and I took them for a long run that ended at Bob’s Doughnuts. Zooey got cake with sprinkles, Titus got strawberry, I got maple bacon, and we got gluten free to take home to mom. It was a pretty perfect morning.


Something had happened on the run, however, and I was excited to get home and tell Sonja about it. True to form, Zooey had eaten-slash-spilled all of her cheerios within the first mile of our seven miles, and equally true to form, when her cup was empty, she started squawking. At one point, I looked down and saw Titus holding his cup away from her as she reached to try to take his cheerios, the little imp! As I watched this, I said to them both:

“Zooey, you ate yours already. But if Titus wants to share with you he certainly may.”

Soon after, I looked down, and Titus had placed a cheerio in front of Zooey. She snatched it up and ate it quickly. He put another one there. She did the same. This went on for a while, until finally Titus placed a fistful of cheerios in front of his sister. I stopped to take a picture.


By the time we got home from Bob’s, Titus had given Zooey his entire cup to eat, and she had emptied it as well.


We spent the rest of the morning getting ready to head to the ranch, then after lunch embarked upon the six hour excursion north into the Sandhills. We pulled in to see Grandma and Grandpa late in the evening as the sun was going down. Titus and Zooey were very excited to see Grandma and Grandpa. It was a pretty big day for them.


Mom had made enchiladas, black beans, and rice. I had brought the wine. Perhaps inspired by Titus, I made sure to bring one that I really like and wanted to share with the family.  I mentioned in a previous post that Jed Steele’s Shooting Star Blue Franc is a favorite of mine, so I brought the 2015, the current vintage. “Blue Franc” is really a play on Blaufrankisch, the Austrian varietal that this wine comes from. Grown in Washington State, it has a distinctly soft and mellow characteristic, with notes of blackberry, black cherry, and cocoa on the palate. Smooth and easy to drink, I love this wine every year and remain shocked that you can buy it for $14. It’s one of the best red wine QPR’s on the market in my estimation.

Titus and Zooey enjoyed their first night at the ranch, and today promises to be a big day. Presently, Zooey is in the other room playing with her grandparents and Titus is slumbering in the room next to me. Later, we’ll probably ride on the side by side, go see the horses, and try not to be eaten alive by mosquitos. It’s always good to come home.


A few days ago, my friend Mark who reads the blog emailed to tell me that he wished I’d tell readers where to get Jed Steele’s wines. I wish I knew. You can order them online, I suppose, but I don’t see much of them in the Omaha market unfortunately. Maybe that will change soon. Until then, just know that they are worth seeking out. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.

Cheers to sharing,


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