At the start of first grade I experienced my first crush. His name was Andrew Finch and we sat next to each other in Mrs. Dunkin's class. Oddly enough, we all lived on the same block. Mrs. Dunkin wasn't the nicest of teachers. She was a big woman who didn't seem to have a soft spot for children. I think I was so enamored with Andrew that I completely forgot about how mean Mrs. Dunkin was. As 2nd grade rolled around, Andrew and I entered the same class once again. We would often walk home together since we lived on the same street. I still have a diary entry that reads, "April 3, 1991 - Today Andrew walked by me. I love him and I dream about him!" On many occasions we'd sit together at lunch. I'd wrap my strawberry fruit roll-up around my finger or try to make shapes out of it while we ate and laughed with our friends. The day finally came that he announced in front of the class that I was his girlfriend. I couldn't believe it! I ran to my friends after school to tell them what happened. Come to find out he also told both of my friends, Sophia and Bridgett that they were his girlfriend as well. Andrew turned out to be not only my first crush, but my first heartbreak too.
Most kids growing up in the 1990's had a fruit roll-up packed in their lunch bag. It was fun to be silly with the snack and as you can see, I'm still having fun with it today. Fruit roll-ups aren't over the top sweet. They have a slight sourness to them and a smooth, rubbery texture. Strawberry is still my favorite flavor and I absolutely love this snack with German "Kabinett" Riesling. Kabinett refers to the lowest level of sugar in the 6 subcategories of high quality German wine. These wines are typically low in alcohol and extremely food friendly. After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine I notice the acidity in the wine mirrors the tart flavors of the fruit roll-up. The acidity in both also cancel each other out and you're left with a strawberry explosion in your mouth. Other wines to try with a fruit roll-up are off-dry sparkling wine (esp. rose), demi-sec Champagne (esp. rose), still/sparkling demi-sec Vouvray, Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui. Cheers!