Enough With The Haboobs, Give Me A Viognier And Some Collective Soul!

It’s July in Arizona and that means we have “Weather”.  Things like rain and wind – strong wind…and dust storms.  This is big news for us because it’s usually Hot, Dry and, well….Hot.

In Phoenix,the arrival of a summer dust storm is often called a Haboob.  As in, there is a Haboob rolling in from Casa Grande.  We even make the national news from time to time.

Courtesy of ABC 15 news

I lived in Tucson for  25 years and we never had these.  I’m guessing it’s because Tucson is surrounded by mountains on all four sides of the city.  Phoenix is a bit more spread out and the “mountains” don’t form the same pattern.

Did you just detect a bit of mountain snobbery there?  Why, yes you did!  I freely admit it and am not ashamed to say that for me, in Arizona, there is nothing like Mt. Lemmon.  It was there I experienced many a ditch day from the boredom of my high school years.  It was there I took my children to escape the oppressive heat of the brutal Arizona summers.  Most importantly, it was there I introduced my daughters to the man, that less than a year later, I would marry.  It is one of the most beautiful spots in Arizona to gaze upon as the sun is setting.  The mountain range turns a dusty purple and you can see such depth and dimension in all the hidden canyons and rock formations.

I include this on my wine blog Why?  Well, because I love weather.  I love the clouds, the sky, the stars, and magnificent rain storms…..I should have been a Meteorologist.  In fact, in 5th grade that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up.  And because I can’t stop pulling out my iPhone, snapping pictures and filtering them through Camera+, I feel compelled to share the beauty I find with you.

The Wine…

If I was drinking wine during a summer monsoon storm it would be a Viognier (Vee-own-yay).  I first tried this floral, fruity white wine at Trefethen Vineyards on a wine country trip about 4 years ago and fell in love with it.  I find it delicate in aroma, but it definitely  has enough body to stand up  to Thai or Chinese food, as well as heartier fish and chicken dishes.  You don’t hear much about this Amazing varietal but if you get a chance to taste – do so!  Darioush is another favorite Viognier of mine.  We purchased several bottles last year when visiting the Napa Valley area. We made an unexpected (but most enjoyed!) stop at this Persian style winery on our way back to San Francisco.

The Music…

So, the music I would be listening to during this storm would be an instrumental ditty called Pretty Donna by Collective Soul.  They are one of my all time favorite groups!  Did I mention I LOVE Collective Soul?  Yes I did and Yes I do!!

One last note – today was my Grandson’s last day with me and I couldn’t believe what he asked for…..his chocolate chip cookie…..the one from Sunday, well over a week ago…..the one that I ate just after he left for a several day visit to my Mom’s house.  I had to do some serious distracting on that one!  Check out my earlier blog post about his cookie here.

I leave you with a picture of my silly greyhound Crystal paying homage to the Sleep Gods….She loved having my grandson around.  He, however, wasn’t so sure about her.  I suppose it can be intimidating have a dog stare you eye to eye when you are standing.

Yes, She really sleeps this way!

Enjoy your week and Cheers to you!

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10 thoughts on “Enough With The Haboobs, Give Me A Viognier And Some Collective Soul!

  1. Pingback: Day 211 / swinging dog | P's Project 365ish

    • Thanks for the shout out! Every time I look at this pic I laugh, show it to Hubby and then laugh again. Yes, clearly, this pup is having a great time. Thanks for making my otherwise crappy day bright!

  2. The pic of your dog sleeping is hilarious! What I like about Viognier is that you don’t have to spend a bunch to get a really good one – esp. Yalumba (Aussie) and Cline (CA). Pretty sure you can get them for $10. Another thing I like about them are the floral garden aromas. They add some interest when blended with Shiraz or if I want some kind of reminder of spring or summer when it’s FREEZING in winter. Something you obviously don’t have to deal with!

    • My dog is a nut! Been trying to capture on video, her spinning in a circle. She goes really fast and gets this crazed look in her eyes – it’s hilarious – but doesn’t last long enough for me to get it recorded! It will be hot here until the middle of October so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to give both the Yalumba and the Cline a try….I like the idea of blending the Viognier and the Shiraz. More ways to drink wine – Love It!

    • Having a glass of the Cline Viognier. First couple of sips I get tropical fruit but once it warmed up a bit I get some Wonderful orange blossom and honeysuckle – lots of honeysuckle! I like this – thanks for the recommendation!!

  3. Would it be inappropriate to “like” this 75 times? I’m from Tucson, too! Loved going up to Mt. Lemmon, and your description of the sunset is spot on. Cheers, lady!

    • I’m really glad you liked it! Did you grow up in Tucson? It’s hard to condense all that beauty and a lifetime of experiences into just a few sentences. I haven’t been to Mt. Lemmon since the fires, probably because I want to keep my old memories intact….And those sunsets – Killer!! I used to pull over just to watch the Catalina’s change color when driving North towards Ina Rd. Now I wish I had more pictures of it.

      • I was born and raised on the east side of Tucson. I moved away to go to college. I never got tired of the view of the Catalinas.

  4. Isn’t the “music” from the weather enchanting? Also, i too had the meterologist itch right up until my freshman year in college. They lost me at Geography 101. Lol Great read again my friend! (:
    **Fess Parker has a fabulous Viognier as well.

    • Jenn – I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve not tried any of the Fess Parker wines…I just checked out their website and it’s Beautiful over there! We’ll have to find someplace local that carries their wines and have a glass of the Viognier and maybe plan trip to Santa Barbara to check it out for ourselves 😉

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