Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Great Time With Friends

We had a delightful weekend with our friends near Bend.  It’s been quite a while since we’ve spent time together.  The four of us get along very well.  There’s much laughter, fine dining, great wine and some serious discussion. You know when two well-read stockbrokers and two intelligent women get together, I’m an ex-stockbroker, there’s likely to be an in-depth discussion of the world’s economy, politics and what’s coming next.

With some people the conversations between us may border on the silly.  There is little value in listening to the opinions of some.  That’s when I sniff the air and say, “I smell stupidity!” In the case of our Bend friends, I declared their home “stupidity free.”

Over dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Bend named the Brick House, the owner brought out a Sauterne that I understand was perfect for sipping with dessert. Our friend’s passions include Château d'Yquem a Premier Cru Supérieur wine from the Sauternes, Gironde region in the southern part of the Bordeaux vineyards known as Graves. Château d'Yquem was the only Sauterne given this rating in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Port is another of our friend’s passions.  A favorite activity might be a sip of fine Port and some Stilton cheese while discussing whether Gold is manipulated as the LIBOR has been. Here’s a wonderful idea for your friends like ours.  You can send your friends hampers. Hamper is a British term for wicker basket and used to transport food or wine.  Here in the states, we even have clothes hampers. All right the clothes hamper is for dirty clothes that men can’t seem to hit.

Why not send your friends like ours, a hamper of Port and Cheese from Serenata family hampers? It comes with Oatcakes, Taylors port, Wensleydale and cranberry cheese, White stilton and apricot cheese, and Chicken liver pate. You’ll find that Serenata offers hampers filled with wine, chocolate, flowers, plants and even experiences like Ferrari driving
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