Thanks so much for the very thoughtful comments on the Planning Parenthood post! I really learn so much from hearing other peopleâ€™s stories.
And speaking of babies, guess who strolled into the clinic today? A very overdue Brittany. Sheâ€™s heard that acupuncture can help speed along delivery and figured it was worth making an appointment with the Husband!
Hereâ€™s to hoping sheâ€™s in labor right nowâ€¦
After closing up the clinic, we headed out to get some of my work done. Iâ€™ve been commissioned to do a series of freelance articles on wine for a supermarket chain. All I know about wine is how to drink a lot of it. Heh. I needed professional help â€“ which meant the Husband and I were headed to Petite Philippe, my favorite wine bar in all of Charlotte.
We pulled up to the bar, I opened my laptop, and we picked the sommelier, Jessieâ€™s, brain.
As we talked with Jessie, the Husband and I split a flight of wine. The flight included:
Four Mile Creek Red Wine 2009
Domaine les Ondines Mis en Bouteille au Domaine 2008
All delicious. Obviously. Iâ€™m an equal opportunity wine drinker.
Jessie explained the topics in a way that everyone can understand â€“ a sign of a great sommelier! Hereâ€™s one tip we learned: Those devices that vacuum the oxygen out of the wine bottle to â€˜preserveâ€™ it for longer? They donâ€™t really work. The plastic topper isnâ€™t effective enough to hold the vacuum seal. Jessie says itâ€™s better to gas the wine with nitrogen or argon or to just put it corked in the fridge.
Fun fact: More people have walked on the moon than are currently female master sommeliers.
While tasting and learning, we had a few of Petite Philippeâ€™s chocolates, which are made by the ownerâ€™s wife. We split the Nuttmel, the Got Milk?, and the Banana Split.
Before dranking, we had pizza at Mellow Mushroom. Did you know they now have gluten-free pizza crusts and vegan cheese? Itâ€™s tasty.
And, amazingly enough, it actually tastes like â€˜realâ€™ pizza. Even the Daiya cheese is good â€“ and Iâ€™m normally afraid of faux cheese. It was stringy and melty.
Now â€“ that is what I call a great dinner. Pizza, wine, and chocolate. All in the name of research.