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Memorial Day Celebration

This past weekend included Memorial Day; a national holiday here in the United States designated to commemorate U. S. men and women who gave their lives for our freedom while in the military service. Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Volunteers will often place an American flag on each grave site at National Cemeteries, as well as the graves of serviceman in cemeteries around the country. In addition to a day to remember, it is also used as a day for parades, family picnics, barbeques and gatherings. The weekend of Memorial Day has also become for many the unofficial start of summer. I know my wife and I feel it begins our summer and we usually celebrate on the first day of the weekend which for us began on Thursday with an extra day off on Friday. Thursday evening we sat by our outdoor fireplace with some snacks and a bottle of Chateau Montelena 2000 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. This was an excellent and specific choice to start our summer as we will soon visit Napa Valley again in July. The wine was big and bold with a deep garnet color, a nose of raspberry, and cassis and a hint of cedar and pepper. I found the wine to have a long smooth finish of berries with a supple tannin structure and a hint of oak. We both enjoyed our beginning of summer wine choice as our thoughts slipped forward to our 2009 Napa trip. We also raised a glass to those who lost their lives making days like this possible. Wish I could say the rest of the weekend went as well, but that is another story.

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