Some days are just perfect. The best of these days can overwhelm your heart with such rapture that you are unable to resist the urge to belt out the refrain from Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” at the top of your lungs. You don’t do that? Okay, maybe that’s just me.
The perfect day doesn’t look the same for everyone. For example, not everyone’s idea of the ideal way to spend a day with someone you love involves taking in a sci-fi film, and culminates in playing a dungeon building card game while sipping on a relatively esoteric style of Italian white wine. That is, however, exactly what my perfect day looks like. The fact that my wife, Elisabeth, shares a similar vision for a perfect date day has always been a clear sign that we were meant to be together.
We are living in a bit of a golden age for nerds like me. I have had the pleasure of seeing many of the franchises that shaped me as a nerd returning to film and television. Sure, the results of most of these resurrections have been a bit of a mixed bag, (I’m looking at you, X-Files,) but I have still gotten a lot of joy out of them. One of the series that has generated the most mixed feelings for me has been the film reboot of Star Trek. The first film in this revival was an enjoyable summer movie, but was not, in my opinion, great Star Trek. The second movie was watchable, but pretty flawed and still lacking the heart of the original series. Combine these factors with finding out that the third film was being directed by a guy whose main credits have been movies in The Fast and the Furious series, and you can understand why it took some convincing for me to get my wife on board for making a viewing of Star Trek Beyond the lynchpin for one of our date days. I won’t go into specific thoughts on the movie, but in the end, Beth relented, and it turned out to be a good start for our nerd day together.
After the movie, we enjoyed lunch and some patio time at Central Food. Those of us who work in Kendall Yards are spoiled by the patio view that we get to enjoy, but seldom do we actually sit and take it in as a customer. No summer date day in Spokane would be complete without a patio, and Central Food combines great food with a beautiful view like few places in Spokane are able to.
Of course, nothing says romance like competition. It’s especially advisable to choose to play a game that can be frustratingly one-sided, as the best way to kindle the flames of ardor in your partner is by giving them a crushing beatdown (or two.) I would argue that I have been on the receiving side of this exchange more often than the giving, but Beth disagrees with this assertion. Regardless, I was definitely the one doing the dominating on the day in question. Beth made the mistake of getting me a card game called Boss Monster a while back, and thus far I have come out the winner every time we have played it. Unfortunately, this run of good luck has lead to some question as to whether we will ever play the game again.
Fortunately, a little wine can help to offset some of the humiliation that you have just inflicted on your beloved. The pairing for the afternoon was a bottle of the 2015 Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi.
Italian wines are my perfect pairing for nerdy activities, as Italy is possibly the most nerd-worthy wine country in the world. The sheer number of appellations in Italy, each producing different grape varieties, means that you could spend the rest of your life learning about Italian wines. A glance at this Wine Folly map of the regions of Italy gives you a feel for just how diverse the wines of Italy can be, especially when you consider that the varieties listed on the map are just the tip of the iceberg.
One of the Italian varieties that I have not had much experience with is Cortese di Gavi. This light and bright white variety gets its name from the comune (basically just an Italian term for a township) of Gavi in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wines that are actually made from grapes grown within the comune may label the wine as Gavi di Gavi, while other wines from the region will be simply labeled as Gavi or Cortese di Gavi.
Aside from having a cool bottle, the Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi is a pretty tasty sipper as well. It has some really lovely floral and citrus notes on the nose, and a clean and refreshing palate that features some great minerality, complimented by green apple and citrus zest notes. At around $15 a bottle, it is also a nice value. Oh, did I mention the bottle is also pretty cool?
My perfect days will always have room for a bottle of wine like this. It’s beautiful simplicity is perfectly suited to setting the scene for a meals, games or conversation with friends. It doesn’t demand that it be the center of attention, but is enjoyable and makes a wonderful alternative to the more common Pinot Grigios from Italy. Plus, with all respect to Lou Reed, it beats the pants off of sangria in the park.