Here's a red wine that I love to drink.
Jeff introduced us to Rodney Strong for the first time many years ago at his restaurant, The Kimberton Inn in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. And it's been one of many favorite's since. Remember that Merlots are the softer brother of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rodney Strong Merlot looks in the glass as a deep ruby red with a high viscosity.
Tilt. By Tilting the glass a little, you can see how the wine changes color from the center to the outer edge. Really nice color.
Swirl. Swirl the wine in the glass. The viscosity is how slowly it runs back down the surface of the glass while you're swirling. The more viscosity, the more "legs" it has, and likely the more alcohol. Swirlingincreases the surface area of the wine as it spreads over the interior surface of the glass. This allows the smells to escape and reach your nose. Take a sniff.
Sniff. Sniff the wine. Hold the glass a few inches from your nose. Then, let your nose go into the glass.
Smell freshly crushed black berry fruits with warm blueberry sauce, blackberry jam, with hints of oak and licorice. I love this smell. My wife smiles every time.
It's a big taste. Starts smooth, because it's been aged a couple years. The wine is quite luscious and juicy with liquid blackberries, ripe blueberry juice and squeezed raspberries. Almost a blueberry/black berry liqueur taste and a plum flavor. Tannins are soft, supple and balanced through the middle, and ending with dark cherry at a lingering finish.
Try grilling a big slab of salmon with wild rice and mushrooms. If you want to pair it with meat, go for a duck or squab. You can pour it with some cheeses, such as mild cow and goat cheese. Delicious. Affordable.
If you're wondering about what type of glass to pour these good wines into, I go for the simple choice - go big and round for reds. I like the Cabernet/Merlot wine glass.
I like them because their big, but not too big. A balloon-shaped wine glass allows the wine to promote better flavor and allows the wine to develop its full bouquet. Wine needs room to breathe and a tapered shape is the best for releasing the aroma.
Remember, smaller glasses for white wine; bigger glasses for red wine.
Red wine glass on Amazon.
Men protect women and children, especially members of their own family.
Man was created with a physically large and strong body, built for physical burden and endurance. Mature men are courageous in protecting and defending their family. It's instinctual. A king will defend and shield from harm those who need such care.
While learning how to be a protector, a man will grow in maturity. It's more than just a responsibility. It's an opportunity to grow, to mature. To protect women and children requires a development of strength and manliness. And when a man is unable to serve in this way, he suffers.
Historically, to protect meant to literally provide protection against things that would cause harm or create difficulties, such as the outside elements and predators, to find food to prevent starvation, to create warmth and keep away the cold. Today, I adjust the thermostat. It's not really the same.
3 Threats & Dangers
Where's the courage and the physical stuff? Well, it's still there and needed, but the threats and dangers are different. There are still outside elements and predators. They are just different. They are:
Let's learn about what they are.
Sexual assault. Sex is all over the place, particularly in the media. Children are being bombarded about sex from all kinds of sources. Shouldn't you teach be first in teaching them about it? A man is responsible for seeing that his wife and daughters understand the physical threats of assault. They must be prepared to avoid situations that would make them vulnerable.
Spiritual evil. A leader guards and protects against not only the physical things of this world, but also, and more importantly, the spiritual things. There's a war going on -- a spiritual one. Not everyone can see it. But it's happening.
Open your eyes. See what's really going on. You need to be the watchdog that guards against these outside spiritual influences, which can corrupt the mind and spirit of anyone in your home, under you blanket of protection. These evil influences include:
Anything that disrupts order, calm and peace in your mind is a spiritual evil. Anything that bumps you out of alignment and harmony with the Creator, the Spirit, the Universe.
Your home should be a place of peace, love and tranquility. Be aware when your home becomes a place of disorder, confusion and loud voices.
Hard elements. Hard elements are the obvious things such as: cold, excessive heat, bad weather, rough terrain, floods, mean dogs, spiders, etc. You get the picture. I often am asked to kill that spider, or walk with someone down into the basement where it's dark. Any bump in the night falls under my domain. I'm the protector.
A mature man protects his family. You are the protector. Be one.
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