Vhy A Duck?

Those famous words from Chico Marx in one of their many zany movies brings to mind of a story that occurred during the summer of 2009.

It was a Saturday in late summer when the early morning produced a slight fog and out on the edge of the lawn closest to the road was a figure that was unfamiliar to my wife and I. We watched it for several minutes to see if it moved. Although our eyes may have seen the object move it was only an illusion. There really couldn’t be an object of that size on our lawn coupled with the fog made the object a bit eerie. Too early in the morning (we’re early risers) for an eerie silhouette to be lurking in the yard and the java hadn’t quite kicked in yet, so you could imagine our hesitancy to scare off the object. Heck, and what would the neighbors think?

Only after we garnered enough courage to tackle the beast, we diligently but carefully embarked on our quest to capture whatever it was on our front lawn. We have found many a wild animal in our front lawn over the past years – the proverbial deer (although not considered a “wild” animal in the sense of the word, but they do wreak havoc on your flower beds), raccoons, ‘possum, skunks, foxes (several of them at a time), and a fisher cat (now, these are pretty mean). So, you could understand our apprehension approaching the object on our lawn.

Well, wouldn’t you know that the object on the lawn was the result of some high school prank in the form of a ceramic duck about 2 1/2 feet tall. We figured the guilty party would eventually claim the harmless duck shortly, but after a few days no one claimed the duck and seeing as we grew found of it we decided to have it protect a small but important part of the flower bed. To my knowledge the pesty deer steer clear of that part of the flower bed, or so we think.

Okay, here are some wines to enjoy.

Cline Cellars 2009 Sonoma Coast Viognier. This wine opened with orange zest and honeysuckle on the nose with profound flavors of peach and apricot on the palate. $19.99, 88 rating. I did not pair this with food but rather put it in the food. This white wine was used instead of water to cover a pork tenderloin with onion and slow cooked for about 6-7 hours on the low setting. It makes the pork just flake apart and you still have the white flavor too.

Sharpe Hill 2004 St. Croix. This red wine produced aromas of raspberry, wild cherry, leather, and clove. On the palate a delectable concoction of cherry hard candy, mint chocolate, and pepper lead into a wonderful boysenberry finish. $17.99, 90 rating.

Montgras 2007 Quatro. A delectable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Malbec (30%), Carmenere (25%), and Syrah (15%). This wine had a deep garnet color with black cherry, cigar, and clove aromas. Red raspberry and red cherry flavors with a subtle mocha finish. $14.99, 87 rating.

Both red wines pair well with pork tenderloins and onions slow cooked with white wine (see white wine above), baked potatoes, green bean and carrots.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…