I’m late to everything. It’s a problem, I know, but it seems unavoidable. Yesterday morning, however, in an unusual turn of events, I was actually on time, early even, for my appearance in court. Of course, the day I’m early is the day that everyone else is late. Not only did court start late, but before oral arguments got going, a slew of new attorneys had to be sworn in. I’ve actually seen this a few times, and each judge does it differently. Sometimes they have all the lawyers in the room stand up and swear to abide by the legal oaths again. This time the judge gave a nice little eulogy speech about what it means to be a lawyer. It was pretty depressing. I think she meant well, but she basically summarized how tough it is to be a lawyer today; how your clients want you to be available 24/7, how opposing counsel treat each other like garbage, and how hard it is to get paid for the hard work that you do. Then, later in the day, I stumbled upon a Twitter post from @BitterLawyer about the top three reasons why lawyers are unhappy, and they basically echoed the judge’s morning sentiments.
Sometimes I wonder how law schools stay in business, and other times I feel such pride about being a lawyer, proud to do this kind of work, helping real people solve real problems while having a real impact on their lives.
To all those new lawyers out there, welcome to the bar!
To: Alleged Blog Readers
Date: July 6, 2015
Wine: 2012 Shatter Grenache
I’m really on a roll with these wines, and this was another knock-your-socks off bottle. We popped this in the freezer for about 15 minutes while Husband prepared our feast, so the temperature was perfect, just slightly chilled. Once chilled, we poured and sipped, no time to decant. With the first sniff it’s as if you put your nose into a container of raspberry yogurt, definitely not a nose I’ve smelled before, but I’m a huge raspberry yogurt fan, so I was loving it. With the first sip we practically melted it was so delicious. Hints of cocoa and dried cranberries dominated my palate; it’s almost semi-sweet but not quite. Some light tannins led to a medium finish that was light and fragrant. The legs on this are crazy, running down quickly while leaving residue droplets around the middle of the glass.
An hour later and the wine has come back down to room temperature. On the nose I get saltine crackers. It’s still an excellent drop of wine; a bit more structure at this temp and a bit drier, but just an enjoyable.
Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines, and Dave Phinney, of Orin Swift fame, are two California wine makers who have been in the business since the mid ‘90s. They partnered with Trinchero Family Estates a few years ago to create this line of 100% Grenache with grapes from Maury, France within the Roussillon wine region. Though the grapes were grown in France, the wine was blended and bottled in California. According to Gott and Phinney, the name Shatter was chosen due to the extreme growing conditions in Maury, with vines literally growing out of solid rock. Per Wikipedia, Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grapes in the world.
I purchased this bottle for about $18 in upstate New York and it’s available online for between $16 and $22. At these prices, I would say it’s definitely worth it to check this out and give it a swirl.
I’m not in court regularly, but yesterday morning I was supervising one of our law clerks (last week’s Grill Master), who was doing his first real legal argument.
 That’s his Twitter handle…yep.
 Interestingly, the post was from 2012, so apparently things haven’t gotten better in the last few years.
 Because, without a doubt, law schools are a business. Three years of reading text books does NOTHING to prepare you for the real world.
 It’s probably because I’m such a good wine blogger.
 Swordfish and veggies (fresh from the garden) grilled to perfection. And yes, that’s left over risotto. It was even better this time around.