Family Matters

By: Five Gallons of Free Run Cabernet Sauvignon*
I know it is a trend for parents to create websites about their kids, but in my opinion, this website is the best (sorry to new parents reading this, but it had to be said). My parents have been lovingly documenting our experiences, from coming home from the hospital/vineyard, to my first nights alone in my crib/5 gallon bucket. However, it is probably time you heard from the star of this whole adventure, me.

First of all, let me say thank you. Thank you to my mom and dad (these awesome people) for giving birth to me. I know it was not an easy experience, and there was a lot of new parent anticipation, but here we are. That being said, let me catch you up on what has been going on.

Last you heard about me, dad and I were roughhousing as he was “punching” me (just a joke, don’t call Child Protective Services), and my sister/brother (not sure which one, we’ll have to wait till puberty to determine). White wine was relaxing in a cold bath. This wore us all out, so we took a nap.

When I woke up a few days later, it sounded like mom and dad were having a party. There was a lot of commotion upstairs and outside. I figured maybe there was a crazy game of Apples to Apples going on. Dad was yelling something about the neighbors being like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, so maybe one of the green cards was Chicago. Adult parties can be weird, so I just went back to sleep. When I woke back up, I guess the adults had moved from board games to a pool party, because my room (the basement) had about three feet of water. Not having any floaties, life vest, or knowing how to swim, I just went back to sleep again. When I woke up, it was dark and I wasn’t in my room. As I looked around, I saw my sisters/brothers and I were in the living room with Dad. That’s when he told us the great news –
we were going on a sleep over! With our Aunt and Uncle!

First of all, I didn’t even know I had an Aunt and Uncle. Woo hoo! Family!

Dad said we were all going to stay at Aunt Sara and Uncle Nick’s house for a while, and we had to be on our best behavior. Pretty soon, my Aunt and Uncle arrived and we all got into their car. My first car trip! I got to see a highway, a tunnel, and a huge neon sign of a guy with one eye. Then we arrived at their house.

It was so cool, my sisters/brothers and I got our own room! I liked our room at home, but this was neat. We had special insulation to keep us at just the right temperature. And there was even more family at the house – I have cousins! Next to our room there was a fermenting five gallon carboy of cider and a one gallon jug of cider (the one gallon didn’t talk much, he said he had to rest for a few weeks and clarify).

Not only did I get a neat room and to meet my cousins, but I got yummy food. All of the red wine got some malolactic bacteria. It was yummy,
and I am sure it is going to do a great job of converting my malic acid to lactic acid, especially because my room is a comfy 68 degrees,
the sweet spot between 64 and 75 degrees for malolactic fermentation.

So that is where I am right now, relaxing at my Aunt and Uncle’s house, hanging out with my cousins. It is fun here, but I can’t wait to see my parents. Since they were so nice to let me go on a sleepover, I have decided I am going to mature into the best wine yet, with great complexity, color, and blend. Because my parents deserve it.

I think tonight I might stay up with the family and play video games, maybe watch some re-runs on TV. I wonder if Family Matters is on…

*Editor’s note (from Caitlin): Five gallons of free run Cabernet Sauvignon did not write this post. One of our best friends did. He says he didn’t, but we know the truth. Our house burned down through no fault of our own but we aren’t that crazy. At a minimum, I am 99.9% sure that five gallons of free run Cabernet Sauvignon does not know how to operate a word processor. But our friend Nick does. Thank you, Nick and Sara!

One Comment

  1. Nick and Sara sound like a wonderful Aunt and Uncle set, and they even have friends for your wine to play with (I feel crazy just writing this… I wonder how Nick feels)

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