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.
Learn more about being a better husband, father, and man.
Before you turn on the TV or log into Facebook tonight, take about thirty minutes, sit down, with a pen and paper. Draw a vertical line down the paper and make two columns. Divide your life into major areas— husband, father, church, job, friends, hobbies, health, etc. Mine would be husband, father, work, family, friends.
Then, as honestly as you can, ask yourself if you're failing in any of these. Do you need help with any of these areas? Circle any problem areas and write down one or two things you could do to improve them.
I used to installed radon mitigation systems in homes. A radon mitigation system is a combination of pipes and a fan that sucks air from underneath a home and, thereby, creates a low air pressure area, which attracts radon gas perculating from the ground prior to entering the house. Every day, I'd "pull maintenance," which means to make sure that the crew was supplied with everything they needed in order to do their jobs for the day. Pulling maintenance included taking inventory, taking account on what was running low, and filling up the truck with fittings, pipe, glue and fans. It also included making sure the drills were in working order, the diamond-tipped bits were still sharp, and the vacuums and filters were cleaned. It was critical that we pulled maintenance. Our success in installing mitigation systems depended upon how well we pulled maintenance. It was critical to our business.
I now find myself, many years later, pulling maintenance on my life, and helping other men do the same. What areas in your life are you low on supplies? Are you checking the major areas in your life and making sure they're ready to go, in working order, clean and sharp?
It is written to consider your ways and set your mind on what has come to you. Maybe you have sown much, but you have reaped little. You eat, but do you have enough? You drink, but you do not have your fill? You clothe your family, but no one is warm. And you work and earn wages, but you put them in a bag with holes in it. Thus, consider your ways (your previous and present conduct) and how you have fared. [Haggai 1:5-7]
If you're married, show your wife your list of major areas, and ask her, "Babe, if you could name just one area in which you think I'm not the best, what would it be?” Only brave men do this. If you have a group of buddies that you're close to, you ask them.
At the heart of all these major areas is the question, “What really matters?” What really matters to you? What do you want to accomplish in life? When you die, and people hear the news and think about you, what would you like them to think and say about you? What are you doing now to ensure that they think and say those things?
Do you think you need help? Are you living life to the fullest, are you the best at who you are and what you do? Are you living like a king? Would your wife and friends agree?
How would your best buds describe "being a man”? How would you describe "living like a king?"
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates' method of self-examination included talking with a close friend, spouse, therapist or spiritual advisor to help reveal those weak areas in our lives that we cannot see and work on by ourselves.
What makes a man? What does it take to live like a king?
The King's Guide explains each one of these things: Consciousness, Leadership, and Love. A man's greatest fulfillment in life does not come from money, recognition, material goods or sex. His greatest fulfillment in life comes from being a man and living like a king. His children are his kingdom and his wife his queen.
The King's Guide will help you live like a king, and: understand women; build a beautiful marriage; stand as the head of your household; respect your wife and children; succeed in your work; and become a provider, a protector and a builder of society.