Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy June Anniversary--and love to the Willamette Valley

Great wine deserves good food.  Our monthly 20th anny dinner in June fit the bill. Yes, I said monthly.  Roasted purple fingerling potatoes, grilled romaine salad and a dry-rubbed grilled pork chop were perfect with Domaine Divio 2012 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir.
We all know the biggest anniversaries end in zero.  So last fall, Denny and I celebrated our impending 20th with a trip to Oregon for a happiness of waterfall hikes, good food and great wine together.

We celebrate our anniversary as if it's a major holiday. We couldn't have predicted the circumstances of our start together--a later-in-life happenstance meeting, a thousand-mile move, and whether I'd survive breast cancer discovered weeks before our wedding.  

Now 20 years later, we're still good, better together than apart. And I'm 20 years beyond cancer.

With that in mind and because I wanted to splurge on bottles of exquisite Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, I hatched a plan to celebrate our anniversary each month with a delicious dinner and a bottle of wine from a winery we'd visited. I'm a genius.

Flying Alaska Airlines nonstop from Austin made it easier. We were treated to free tastings all over the valley by showing our boarding pass. AND the airline flew our case home free. Yes, Alaska Air is now our favorite airline. 

We only have a few bottles left but we've loved every monthly celebration. It's been our best year...yet.

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  1. Love this post, Kathleen. Been missing you and your writing. x0 N2

    1. I was so tickled to see your comment. I've missed you too. I'm getting back to writing the blog,and reading others--I have a lot to catch up on.

  2. Congratulations on your 20 years of happy married life. Always celebrate with a fine wine.

    1. Thanks! The trip was one of our best--in life together with many bests-- but the idea to celebrate monthly is almost as good. Love never gets old.

  3. What a great idea and a fun story to read. Happy Anniversary!
    (And thanks for those tips about Alaska Airlines - who knew?!)

  4. Thanks Jen! Yes, Alaska Air almost makes me think I can't afford not to go back.


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