Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

It doesn’t happen very often but the husband and I got away for a quick break to harbor Country in Michigan.

So what did we do?

We walked on the beach as the waves pounded in one day. We stood at the edge waiting for the water to touch our feet after walking down the shore and looking at the various pieces of driftwood settled into the sand. There were dog and deer tracks in the sand.

Lemon creek wineryWe ate scrumptious meals at breweries/restaurants, including a piece of chocolate stout cake that was better than anything I have ever eaten before. And the slice was ‘uge. There was brisket with mac and cheese as well as a jive turkey sandwich with a lemon mayo and argula.

I might need a diet from all of the food I ate over vacation.

What was interesting to me was all of the hops fields and vineyards we saw. There were rows and rows of grapevines for what seemed liked miles and miles. My husband explained that the land east of Lake Michigan benefited from the cool air that comes off off Lake Michigan, making for perfect growing conditions for grapes.

We stopped at one winery for a wine tasting and enjoyed a variety of white wine, making sure to buy a bottle for our hosts that will be perfect for sipping with a cheese and fruit plate.

It made me think of the movie Sideways with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church. The 2005 Oscar winner for Best Screenplay is one of those adult movies that explores the core of our souls. In this case, it is two men on a trip in the Napa Valley the week before Church gets married.

SidewaysWe see these two men who are at crossroads vacation and meet incredible women. We see the ties beginning to develop as the lies grow bigger. There is a real connection going on and, sadly, we have a sense that the winner will not be the one we hope it will be.

I love this movie for reasons that are hard to explain. It is a true character study of people who fib a little or a lot. It is the look of failure and the chance for redemption or at least hope. They all have faults and failings. The person you root for is the most likable character and perhaps most balanced.

All of it swirling around like a fine wine in a glass, shimmering as it catches the light. And like a good wine, it has subtle flavors that come out as you taste and explore the wine.

This very adult movie is not for the squeamish and the easily offended. It has an R rating for a reason. There are situations I do not want to watch with my child nearby or maybe a parent. It’s one of those movies I prefer to watch with a spouse or maybe a girlfriend.

And when I do, it will be with my favorite pino grigio and a cheese plate. I was never much of a red wine fan.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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