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Who's watching the Emmy's and what are you drinking while watching?

Posted by burgundywinecompany, Sep 23, 2012.

Here's what I'm drinking.....

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Reply by EMark, Sep 23, 2012.

Watching Singapore Grand Prix DVRed this morning.  Drinking Robert Mondavi 2009 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon--perhaps not as grand as a Premier Cru Burgundy but always reliable.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 24, 2012.

Yep, no one would drink Burgundy for reliability. 

Emark, I loved the Formula 1 and all racing back when Revson and Donohue were representing the US.  But the real deal was Can Am.  Unlimited everything.  In spite of all that, it was in the supposedly safer F! (in practice runs, no less) that arguably the two greatest US drivers of all time, the "Ivy twins" (Donohue went to Brown, Revson Cornell) died. After that, I stopped following F1 and pretty much all racing.  I don't feel as if I am missing anything--what could ever top those guys, or the Unsers and Foyt at Indy, or Petty and Pearson in Nascar?  Some things really were better back then.  (Took me a long time to admit that Pearson was better head to head than Petty, even if he lacked the long-term impact.  Best stock car driver ever.  No offense to King Richard, because he made the sport and is second to no one else, but Pearson was out of this world.)

Can't say the Emmys, Oscars or Grammys have ever been my thing.  But any excuse to cap on the celebs and hoist a drink.

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Reply by EMark, Sep 24, 2012.

Well, now I've directed us way off topic.

I never went to any of the "original Can Am" races, but I do remember that I watched a race on TV from Laguna Seca.  That was the first time I ever saw the Laguna Seca track and damn that "corkscrew" corner was neat--still is.

I, also, have been reluctant to compare personalities from one era with those of another.  Agreed, Pearson was great, Foyt was great, Clark was great, Caruso was great, Bjorling was great.  However, I will not deny the greatness of Vettel, Gordon, or Domingo.

Bringing this conversation, somewhat, back to the realm of wine.  Have you ever tried anything from Lewis Cellars?  Randy Lewis was a journeyman Indy Car driver (which means he was a pretty darned good driver) who now has a Napa Valley winery.  I've had a couple Lewis Chardonnays and they were outstanding.  I have some Cabernet Sauvignon in the cabinet, but I figure it will be a few years before I get to them. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 24, 2012.

I never went to a Can Am race, and any parent who took a kid to one of those things--Revson and Donohue survived, but the cars routinely blew apart--would be negligent.  I watched as much of it as I could on the television--just the world's most no-hold-barred series ever, leading to some spectacular improvements as well as crazy failures, including the practice run in the 917-10 that almost took Donohue much earlier. Sometimes, as with the 917, it was hard to tell failure from success--the whole thing was always on the razor's edge.  And, yeah, there are still great drivers, but the personalities drove the marketing then, not the other way around, although NASCAR still has some seemingly legit feuds.  Unless it's just pro wrestling with roll cages. (Favorite racecar ever: Lola GT70, although it's nice to see McLaren back in the street game.)

I've heard of Lewis since he became a winemaker and heard good things about his wine.  I think he did a bottling called Turn Four or something like that, kind of a one off for charity or something. I found this ad and gotta say the man has fun. But, dude, where's your helmet?  That's a dangerous looking vehicle.

Okay, any opinions on the gowns at the Emmys?  I heard Sophia Vergara stunned everyone, but she could do that in a Hefty bag.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 24, 2012.

Oh, and that's the second mention of Laguna Seca in the forums this year.

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Reply by EMark, Sep 24, 2012.

That pic of Randy Lewis is hilarious.

Favorite car -- Too many to list, but this is definitely someplace on that list, the Tyrrell P34

 

It took persistence, but I did find the other Laguna Seca citation.  Fox, I'm pretty sure that F1 never ran at Laguna Seca, but I know that vintage F1 cars have appeared at the Monterey Histioric Races.

Being totally ignorant on pop culture I had to Google Sofia Vergara.  She's kinda cute.

Hafta talk wine, now.  Mrs. EMark jsut returned from a stressful weekend with her parents.  We are now sipping a Piedmont Cortese, and I'm pretty sure that life is better.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 24, 2012.

Cortese, very happening.

EMark, I think you are correct,  it was one of those series that wasn't Indy or F1-maybe Trans Am?  This was a looong time ago--like 40 or more, and I was 8 or 9 or so.  Looking at the history of LS, and remembering that time, the only F1 in US then was Watkins Glen.  Wasn't CanAm, because I would have remembered.  Someday I will just go to the track and ask them what was racing there at the time--I could probably figure out the month more easily than the year, but it's an excuse to trip down memory lane.

Hilarious that Tyrrell.  If I picked a second, it would be the McLaren Chapparral.  But the Lola was a beauty. 

Sofia Vergara cute?  A kitten is cute, if you like cats.  A puppy is cute.  Sofia Vergara is something else. 

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Reply by EMark, Sep 24, 2012.

40 years ago might have been Forumula 5000--open-wheeld cars with 5 liter (very loud) engines.  In the late 70s F5000 died and the second iteration of Can Am emerged--F5000 cars with fenders, nothing like the original.  In the late 60s or early 70s, you are right, Trans Am was very popular.

The Cortese is just what I expect it to be--very crisp and very refreshing.

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Reply by burgundywinecompany, Sep 24, 2012.

Are you guys telling me you didn't want to see the dress Sofia Vergara had on.  You missed out.

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Reply by burgundywinecompany, Sep 24, 2012.

And no one would drink Burgundy for reliability?  Huh?


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