This Wine Is For The Best Damn Shrimp And Grits

family at bball game

First thing’s first: there is no recipe.  Just let destiny take the lead.

Step One

Make a few good Southern friends.  Become intrigued by their welcoming nature, their monogrammed chevron makeup bags, their Kendra Scott jewelry and their prevalent use of polka dots.  Surprise yourself with a little positivity.  Replace (almost) all the black in your wardrobe with confident, colorful prints.  Get to a point where you convince yourself that you could join a bible study.  Because all of a sudden, you want to be as grounded as they have been their whole lives.

Step Two

Move to North Carolina.  Be overwhelmed by the abundant sunshine.  Buy a house with your husband after eight years of renting.  Watch proudly as he assembles the crib.  Order a mounted polka dot giraffe for the nursery.  Realize that life is brimming with possibility.

Step Three

Later on, some day, when you have a free moment, swing by your local Harris Teeter for some shrimp.  Cook it up with red bell peppers, fresh spinach, some garlic, pepper, and lemon juice.  Accompany this happy medley with stoneground grits, a sliver of Kerrygold and a healthy serving of Irish cheddar.

Step Four

Pour out the dregs of your discounted blend and savor that best damn moment — when not everything is gravy, but you think it could be soon; when your stomach is empty, but your heart is full.

It’s OK To Put Ice In Your Wine

First thing’s first: when the wine is white,

And the only available vessel is a red Solo cup.


And maybe you are pouring it quickly

For a colleague whose efforts are about to pay off;

Or a boss who is a role model in work and in life;

Or a team that gets together but once a year,

In the jungle of Florida,

In the middle of June.


It’s OK to put ice in your wine

When it’s 80 degrees at night,

And the cooler is already full,

And music is playing somewhere,

And laughter is all around you,

And you feel compelled to dance.


Swirl that cheap Chardonnay around,

Let those ice cubes rattle in their cup.

Life is good,

Work is fun,

And you, my friend, are lucky.

This Wine Is For Casey Jo

Becker Vineyards Malbec

Producer: Becker Vineyards
Importer: n/a
Year: 2009
Price: $16.95

Have you met the toughest girl I know?
Don’t be deceived by her big Texas hair,
her 100-watt smile,
or her goofy charm.

Under that onesie,
behind that Dougie,
this Aggie is tough as nails.

She is the first person to call you out, talk you down, or pick you up.
She is the worst person to disappoint and the best to have in your corner.

And just when you think the world has gotten the best of this girl,
she reminds you of her constant capacity to give more.

How’s that for a coaching opportunity?