I spent a couple of years the other day, wondering why so many people seem so damn mad. It was election day. Is it politics, pressures of the economy, or the whipped-up news feeds straight from the front lines of the pop culture wars that cause our consternations?
A woman friend of a fellow winemaker suggested at dinner the other night that one can lead with fear or kindness. The fear these days is often palpable, but I seldom see much kindness from the celebrated talking heads at either end of the spectrum. It's not what I want my thirteen-month-old daughter to emulate, nor are they the type of people I would want to spend a long weekend with, and those are indeed my measuring sticks. I'm for ignoring people who are offended by humanity driving a slow car in their lane in spite of the fact that often enough I'm that hypocritical driver in the rearview. I'm working to get kinder, perhaps even, less mad.
Civility is a choice. It accords respect, because it assumes respect. It's an optimistic quid pro quo based on the capacity to tolerate an opinion outside of ourselves, mull it over, and infrequently, as it happens, have our worldview changed. Fast approaching Thanksgiving it might be a good time for all of us to clean our ears, put on a fresh pressed attitude and gather around the table for a good and happy listen.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, to his and hers, which also happens to be me and mine.
P.S. Linda reminds me that I'm supposed to be selling wine. Just a note about the 2008 vintage: I'm not usually one to go overboard, but 2008 stands tall as one of "the" vintages from Oregon. The JKC 2008s are near the top of that heap. Power, generosity, ability to age, and limited numbers are the reason you want them now, but the reason you want them later is best summed up by reviewer Jay Miller, of Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, who recently said this about our wines:
"To those who might question the longevity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Prosser opened a 1999 (the vintage most frequently compared to 2008). Dark ruby in color, it gives up a slightly roasted, already complex perfume of black fruit confiture. Right at its peak with another 10-15 years of life ahead, this is a sneak preview of what you'll be getting when the better 2008s reach age 10."
So plan ahead and stock your cellar. The 2008s are young, but they are going to reward beautifully in just a few years, even if you can't wait ten. Our 2008 single-vineyard Limited Bottling Pinot Noirs are just released below, and some are already down to single-digit cases (wine club got first shot). You know what to do. Jim
If we can't see you in Oregon, we'd be pleased to send you some wine. Let Linda help you with an order.
We wish you the best of the feasting season!
Jim & Allison
Linda, Cory, Tom, & Ben
The crew at J.K. Carriere
9995 NE Parrett Mtn Rd
Newberg, OR 97132
877-817-9722 (toll free)