Of course I needed a partner in crime and let it be known, there is no better partner than my older brother Marbro*. So we jumped into my hoopty and rushed to the dreaded HEB plus to purchase the creme de la creme of fine wines at a generous 10% off (after the purchase of 6 bottles). The dread that had previously filled my thoughts, burst and vanished instantly the moment Marbro popped the first cork.
We began the evening with a fabulous bottle of 2009 California red wine "Menage a Trois". The flavor was light and almost fruity. We worked the swirl, smell and sip technique like a couple of Ocean drive flossy fellas. As we sipped we also decided a good comedy on the Netflix was necessary. So as we sipped we switched on a little something I like to call Parks and Recreation. Wine really gets lapped up when you're laughing until tears form. Needless to say it was time to pop the second bottle of a 2009 California pinot noir "Robert Mondavi- private selection". Less swirling and sniffing, more sipping. The flavor was a bit crispier, with a drier after taste. As we finished up the Mondavi we decided to expand the party of wine connoisseurs and called over one of my best friends Clarissa (whom you may remember from her concert clothes advice from a blog last year). On to our third bottle a 2010 shiraz [yellow tail].
"If a glass is good, several bottles must be better," Marbro laughed as he poured us up another round. We cheers'd our glasses like the three musketeers, ready to prove Corpus is what you make it. The yellow tail was one of the better bottles of shiraz I've tasted so far. It was the perfect amount of dry and a bit tangy. One of those flavors you have to shiver after you sip. When we had finished the final episode of Parks and Rec. Marbro realized he could use a pack of smokes (has nothing to do with his name) so we piled into Clarissa's whip and drove literally up the street to the local Stripes. We grabbed the goods and decided to take the scenic route back to the Lake's house. As we drove we jabbered, jammed music and took in the beauty of the protected wet lands of the Oso. Craziest thing, as we were driving we passed a couple of creepsters (two boys) walking by Captain Falcon Park shirtless. Now during the day, not so weird, but at midnight with almost zero visibility totally weird. So I convince Clarissa to bust a hard U and as we circled back we see them lurking around in the grass as if they are searching for something (still shirtless). I roll down my window and shout a bunch of hilly billy sounding jibber jabber, enough so to startle the creeps. Once we pass them I roll up my window and we all immediately burst out laughing all the way home.
We arrived at the house still laughing and holding our ribs for relief and then stumbled into the house ready for a fourth bottle. We popped the fourth (and final bottle that evening) cork of a 2008 red wine bottle of "Sangre de Toro". The bottle was cute and the flavor was equally as interesting. A bit thicker and a tad heavier on the tongue, the name really holds true for this wine. We ran outdoors so big brother could take his smoke break and as we sat in the backyard with the moonlight rippling off the lake we let the calm wash over us and finally sipped the sweetness that is Corpus Christi. Then we proceeded to run around the backyard like children giggling at imaginary monsters and conquering the darkness we never had the courage to as kids.
Perhaps if we stopped wishing Corpus was something it wasn't we could appreciate it for what it is. A slow simmering city, that takes time to enjoy like an open fire BBQ on a beach.
* - indicates names have been changed