As a kid, I loved Mary Tyler Moore. I loved how she could "turn the world on with her smile, and suddenly make it all seem worth while." I wanted to be just like Mary when I grew-up and I have the never-been-used degree in Broadcast Communications to prove it. After Mary, my favorite person on the show was Mr. Grant. He was just a sweetheart of a guy, like a big bald teddy bear with an ear-to-ear grin. Even when he was hollering at that knucklehead Ted, you knew he was harmless. Just like the 2007 Goulart Clasico Malbec (Argentina), Mr. Grant was big on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
Unlike some wines that are shy in introducing themselves, the Goulart is very direct. Like Mr. Grant stomping out of his office, this Malbec doesn't pussy-foot around. From the bold, ripe aromas that grab you by the nose hairs to the chewy, dark cherry flavors, this wine lets you know who's boss without fearing for your job. After a little time in the glass, the wine begins to soften and lose its bossy edge, much like Mr. Grant when Mary says, "Mr. Graaant," and flashes him her quirky smile.
Recently, I have discovered Hulu TV and been able to recapture moments of my youth by watching some of my old favorites. Only now, I'm old enough to relax and enjoy the show with a glass of somebody(?) and Miss Puff by my side. With a little luck, maybe she'll be the Mary I never was -- Lord knows, I don't want her to be anything like Jeannie.