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I’m stuck in old Cincinnati today. If the Cards win tonight, I fly home Saturday. If the Nationals win, I fly to D.C. Mrs. Cohn Zohn is very understanding — she knows what a sports writer’s life is like.

Right now, I’m washing my clothes in the hotel laundry. I ran out of underwear and Guillermo Mota spilled a bottle of champagne on my sweater which smells like the Moet and Chandon Winery. So I’m washing the sweater on the delicate cycle.

The Merc guys have been generous — Kawakami, Alex Pavlovic and Dan Brown. (This is Alex’s first year on the Giants beat. Marty Lurie calls him the rookie of the year. Alex says, “I’m the ONLY rookie.”) They let me tag along with them for dinner late after each game. I have been in charge of ordering the wine and I’m pretty good at it although Spander is better.

I ordered a Martini cab from Sonoma, nice. An Albarino and last night a Ribera Del Duero — wonderful Spanish red. Which leads me to a story.

Dan Brown and his wife Susan Slusser (she covers the A’s for the Chron) are in our wine group. We meet about once a year for a blind tasting and we pass out score sheets for comments and grades. It’s fun. At one of our first meetings several years ago we did a cab tasting at three different price levels, call them expensive, medium and cheapo. I went to BevMo in Orinda for the cheapo cab. A guy in the back said he had just the wine for me. He let me taste a Mexican cab that cost something like $3.29. He said it was great, waxed enthusiastic and I happily agreed.

All week long I imagined myself knocking everyone’s socks off with my Mexican cab. When it came to the blind tasting everyone, including me, almost gagged on one of the cheap cabs. Brian Murphy wrote it tasted like gasoline. I was laughing inside thinking how mine was a real winner, not like that awful cab, and I would surprise people. When we revealed which was which my Mexican cab was the gasoline. Dan said it was the worst bottle of wine ever made.

Please don’t think I’m down on Mexican wine. I am down on THAT wine. I go to Rumbo al Sur in the Oakland hills just to drink their Mexican Zin.

I had bought a second bottle of the Mexican cab, because I thought I liked it so much — the guy at BevMo had been persuasive and convinced me I loved it. I opened the second bottle for Mrs. Cohn Zohn a week later not telling her what it was. She almost fell off her chair. This is rancid, she said, or something like that.

Which brings me back to Cincinnati. After I got all those nice wines for us this week, I asked Dan Brown if I finally can be absolved from the Mexican Cab, which has become an ongoing joke in our wine group.

He eyeballed me.

“No,” he said. “That’s your Buckner moment.”

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  1. lameduck

    I’m trying to figure out if Mrs. Cohn Zone is rooting for the Cardinals or Nat’s. If the Card’s win, is she the one stuck cleaning the sweater?

    I wonder if the Mexican Cab needs to breathe for a while before drinking it? Would you be willing to try it again after running it through an aerator? The only way to eliminate the Buckner moment is to somehow make that wine taste good.

    October 12th, 2012 11:25 am

  2. CohnZohn

    lameduck, I kind of like the Buckner moment in a strange way. I already washed the sweater. Mrs. Cohn Zohn if off the hook. As far as rooting for sports goes, she doesn’t know nothing about sports. When we were young, I got her a ticket to a Niners game at the Superdome in New Orleans. In the second quarter I found her seat with my binocs. Was she watching the game? No. She was reading a book. I think it was Middlemarch by George Eliot. That was her last roadtrip.

    October 12th, 2012 11:34 am

  3. mike

    Good story about the Mrs. reading a book at a Saints game. Mine was sitting in the front row behind home plate with the LA Times spread out. I noticed as I looked to the catcher for the sign before winding up to deliver the next pitch. Obviously, that was the last time for her at a game.

    October 12th, 2012 12:20 pm

  4. Peter

    I’m trying to picture you with a thick push-broom mustache.

    October 12th, 2012 1:21 pm

  5. KauaiRobert

    Sooooooo…you’re saying that Mrs. Cohn Zohn knows something about sports?
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    As for sweaters…they’re always more trouble than they’re worth–even the expensive ones.
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    They absorb every smell imaginable and are tougher to clean than coats or jackets.
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    And if you ask me (you didn’t), they’re a bit pretentious.
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    Bill Cosby did pull of that look pretty well in the 80′s though…
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    *ALOHA*

    October 12th, 2012 1:33 pm

  6. Hoferfan67

    LC, thanks for sharing this story. My experience is that many that enjoy wine will have a “Buckner moment” trying to uncover that find that is inexpensive yet quality on the palate. Wine drinkers yearn for this refreshing alignment of cost and quality. I’m sure after reading about your wine endeavors here and from GC, you’ll have another “Buckner moment”. If you don’t, I’ll be disappointed!! BTW, please don’t forget to share your new discoveries. Cheers.

    October 12th, 2012 2:35 pm

  7. Steve

    At least the wives weren’t on cell phones. Man, I hate that!

    October 12th, 2012 5:14 pm

  8. B-Rad

    Cincinnati…………..Friday OCT 12, 4:09 AM (EDT)

    Lowell: ” I Hon! I just had a great idea! If the Nationals win, why don’t you
    …………fly out to D.C. and join me for the game?”
    Mrs Cohn Zohn………………………………………………………………………………
    ……………………………………………………..”I’m sorry, who is this?”
    LC: ” It’s Me! You know, Me! Lowell!”
    Mrs CZ:…………………………………………………………………………………………
    ……………………………………………………..”It’s one in the morning!!”
    LC: “Yeah, I wanted to give you a heads up!”
    Mrs CZ: “Did you get a hold of another bottle of that Mexican wine?”
    LC: “No! Why?”
    Mrs CZ:” Because this isn’t like you.”
    LC:” What does that have to do with the wine?”
    Mrs CZ: “The last time you drank that wine, you went parasailing.”
    LC: “I did?”
    Mrs CZ: “Listen BUDDY, do I ask you to go to yoga class with me?”
    LC: “Of course not! You know I think it’s boring and ridiculous!”
    Mrs CZ: “Exactly!” – (click)

    October 13th, 2012 2:08 pm

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