The Ongoing Mission

Great news for Star Trek fans of all ages this week. Jean-Luc Picard, erstwhile captain of the Enterprise-D, is getting his own show in 2019. Patrick Stewart, the amazing actor who brought Jean-Luc to life, made the announcement on his twitter feed just before an appearance at a Star Trek convention. Very little detail has been provided but we do know that the new series will focus on Picard’s life post-Enterprise.

It’s an announcement worth celebrating for us die-hard trekkies. Recent movies/tv shows have virtually erased the Trek history established in the earlier series of shows, usually thanks to a convenient time traveling something or other. (About the only thing that hasn’t popped up yet has been the TARDIS.) So far we’ve had to watch the destruction of Vulcan and Klingons turned into some sort of strange religious cult. Oh, and some super-fast engine that makes all the later shows seem pointless. What a relief to know that Picard will be setting things right once again.

According to ST:TNG lore, Picard’s family was from the small town of La Barre in France, in the Bourgogne-Franch-Comte region. La Barre is in the old Haute Saone area, a largely rural zone near France’s eastern border. It’s still primarily a farming region, showcasing vast fields and orchards in alpine foothills. Think narrow winding roads, ancient chateaus, and slow-moving days. Like any rural area of France, there’s a fair amount of land dedicated to the production of wine. What could be a better way to toast the news of Picard’s return than a bottle of wine from the old homestead?

Turns out, wines from Haute Saone are not that easy to come by outside of the Eurozone. Heck, finding a wine specifically from La Barre is nigh impossible. Luckily, after some poking around and a few inquiries placed with knowledgeable friends, we found the perfect wine for making summer toasts.

It’s a champagne actually, from Pol Roger. A rose champagne in a lovely shade of salmon pink. Light and airy in appearance, with plenty of bubbles like a younger wine but a smooth blend of flavors like an older bottle. The nose delivers a smooth blend of peach and fresh berries. The taste is a mouthful of red raspberries, smooth and long lasting with just a hint of acidity at the end, just to balance that sweetness. We found we enjoyed it best while nibbling on some good gooey cheese in the backyard, watching the sun fade into evening and listening to the frogs begin their nightly rituals.

We suspect Jean-Luc would heartily approve.


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