I'm no stranger to moving. It always happened unexpectedly, just as I was settling into a place. She was the equivalent of a modern day gypsy, my mother. Only she was traveling from place to place for men, not fortune-telling. She too had beautiful dark hair and tan skin and was the center of my entire world. When my grandmother announced my mother was coming for me again, I felt a rush of mixed emotions. I was enjoying spending my summer days swimming in grandma's pool, pretending to be a mermaid. My bedroom at my grandmother's house was the only place in the world that I knew was mine and I didn't want to leave it. Even the marks on the wall from years of growing in height weren't going anywhere and I liked feeling safe. I knew that leaving grandma's house meant eating Top Ramen and Burger King as opposed to homemade tuna salad sandwiches and grilled steak. It mean't going from watching "The Little Mermaid" as many times as I wanted to dealing with my mother's new boyfriend who wasn't going to give up his TV. They never really liked me, my mother's boyfriends. They just put up with me because I was part of the deal. I didn't like this situation as much as they did but I packed my things knowing I had no choice. I begged my grandmother to let me stay but when a knock at the door came and I saw her beautiful face, I let go of those emotions. On one particular long drive from Vegas to California, I remember riding in the back of a pick-up truck with a covered bed. I was singing "Part Of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid" while I curled up in my sleeping bag. As I sang the song, I wondered what my life would be like if I was a mermaid. I pictured myself all grown up in a different world. I never imagined that one day I'd be sitting in a pool of water, dressed up as a mermaid with a bottle of wine in one hand and a tuna salad sandwich in the other. I think that little girl would be happy to know it all worked out perfectly.
I almost gave up tuna altogether after eating it for months on a random diet. I was sick of the taste. It reminded me of fantasizing about pizza when I was trying to stay fit. Luckily, I gave up fad diets years ago and can enjoy tuna again. One of my favorite lunch time meals is a tuna salad sandwich. Panera Bread has an excellent one by the way! I notice that I eat this sandwich more often in summertime because it's so refreshing with a glass of white wine. Recently, I decided to incorporate it into one of my tastings. I chose two wines I thought would work as I usually do, and had a taste test. My wines of choice were a Verdejo from Spain and a Sauvignon Blanc based white blend called Bridesmaid from California. On a side note, Sauvignon Blanc drinkers should try Verdejo. It's a white wine from Rueda, Spain that has some similar characteristics to Sauvignon Blanc. In the end, I chose the Bridesmaid. It's a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillion (another white grape). The 2008 Bridesmaid white blend offers notes of melon, pineapple, grass, green veggies and honey with a crisp citrus note. The melon flavor comes through on the palate along with lemon, spice and a citrus oil texture. After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the wine outshines the flavor of the food at first, but then suddenly comes back. I enjoy how the green veggie quality of the wine works with the celery. And because I like my bread toasted, I also enjoy the similar toast characteristics found in the wine. The grape Semillion is known for having an oily texture that mirrors the oilyness of the fish and mayo. This oily texture also gives the wine a fuller mouthfeel that stands up to the heaviness of the dish. Sauvignon Blanc then does its work by providing the acidity to wash all the flavors off the tongue. We all agreed that we may have enjoyed the Verdejo more if we hadn't toasted the bread. I'll let you be the judge and when you do, please share your thoughts! Cheers!
Wine featured in this photo: 2008 Bridesmaid white blend