The Great Post-Baby Wine Debate
It has become an ongoing conversation in our home as Our Little Project is nearly done fermenting inside the womb and is set to arrive in just a few short weeks: What shall be the wine that Mother Kathy pops when, after 9 months of abstaining from the nectar, she finally returns the world of the swilling?
I’ve been lobbying for champagne, since I too will likely be joining the new mother in her celebration of her return to real living. It’s festive. We’ll have good reason to celebrate with Henry George in our lives. Plus, Champagne is a good way to ease back into a life of wine, given its relatively low alcohol.
Kathy, on the other hand, appears to miss her Pinot Noir. She’s surrounded by the stuff every day at Failla, and is forced to watch bottle after bottle opened by her colleagues. So, she’s lobbying for Pinot. Right now, she’s thinking one of Failla’s single vineyard Pinots from the Sonoma Coast or possibly a Hanzell from Sonoma Valley. There are other possibilities too.
I like Pinot as much as many of the next guy, while not as much as other guys. What’s not to like. The silky, earthy, tangy deliciousness of good Pinot Noir is hard to beat. But it almost seems the choice of Pinot over Champagne is a nod to dire need, rather than celebration.
And on this issue of celebration, one of the very important issues I’m currently researching is whether or not I will be allowed to bring a bottle of Champagne into the birthing room so that it can be popped once Henry George arrives. However, I did find an answer to my question, does one christen a newborn the same way one christens a newly launched ship? Apparently, according to my recent Newborn Child Care Classes, the answer is you should not. That’s good to know.
The other possibility for Kathy’s first wine-intake post-birth revolves around the issue of terroir. Henry George will come into the world in Napa Valley. Napa Valley is where his mother and father live. It is where Henry George will get his first glimpse of the world. There’s a very good argument to be made that Kathy’s first quaff in nine months really ought to be a product of the Napa terroir. If it were me and if I found the terroir argument convincing, there are a number of Napa Valley Sparkling wines that would do the trick.
In any case, despite the need to get a nursery set up, gather the various accoutrement of newborn care, baby-safe the home, figure out childcare, the pressing issue right now really is, what should Kathy drink first after her nine month hiatus from wine. That’s what’s really pressing.
Any suggestions are appreciated!