It Ain’t Easy Taming a Shrew

This one earned a half glass.Act I

Loaded down with soft-sided coolers, a bag of blankets and cushions, I approached the will-call booth to pick up our tickets. Can I just say how much I adore the attending outdoor plays at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival?  My daughter and I made haste getting through the line to the hillside. It  was opening night and getting a prime spot  that was shaded and somewhat flat is always a bit of an endeavor. We had stopped at Fred Meyer to pick up snack packs of hummus, sandwiches, fruit and sweet treats from the bakery. Have you seen their chocolate covered strawberries, and mini tarts?  Heavenly!

Our friends arrived and in no time we were plundering our coolers, pulling out bits to eat, laughing, talking and my favorite – people watching. I had no idea I was supposed to wear a sundress, oversized southern style hat and spiked red heels to the event!  My friend and I rolled our eyes watching the bleached blonde southern belle doing her best not to plant herself in the dirt as we gnawed on sandwiches and brushed away crumbs.  Did I mention the lady in blue with the tennis bracelet and diamond ring that almost blinded us?

Act II

Although sparkling jewelry and high heels are not overly abundant at the festival, one thing is: Wine!  One glance around the amphitheater is proof enough. Everywhere you look, patrons are sharing a bottle and sometimes two while they dine and anxiously wait to soak up a little culture. I dug through our beverage cooler in search of my latest wine find. I pushed past the peach iced tea and lifted the ice pack I’d stolen from my freezer. I wasn’t looking for a bottle, rather a box. That’s right, a box of wine. This isn’t your mother’s standard Franzia occupying a permanent spot in the refrigerator with enough booze in the bladder to serve eight comfortably. Instead, it is a rather small, extremely portable box which promises three glasses. I chose the Bota Box Pinot Grigio as the perfect accompaniment to my ham and Swiss on a baguette.  A few twists of the plastic cap and within seconds it poured freely into my newly acquired plastic wine glass.

Pinot Grigio


Indeed, great things do come in aseptic packages! I paid just $3.99 at Fred Meyer for this little glorified Californian juice box and it was worth every penny.  And, for all you environmentalists at heart, the box is not only fully recyclable, the package manufacturing is also green!  Green shmeen … how does it taste?  That’s really the bottom line, isn’t it?  It’s good. Nothing earth-shattering, not great, but it is good. The taste-bud teaser of sniffing the cork is lost with this form of packaging. One must simply pour and allow the wine to breathe before the ritualistic nostril plunge. This wine has a touch of floral and a heavy dose of citrus. It is sharp on the tongue with hues of crisp lemon and green apple with a spicy warmth.  If you are looking for a dessert wine, continue the search.  This wine is quite tart.

Final Act

If you don’t know anything about the classic, “Taming of the Shrew,” it is about an ill-tempered woman named Katherine who must be married off before her enchanting sister Bianca.  Because of her vial temper and childish antics the task proves extremely difficult. Eventually, a brazen young man named Petruchio agrees to marry her sight unseen, aware her family’s wealth will bring him fortune.  Unhappy about the decision, Katherine is all but forced to go through with it.  Petruchio uses garish tactics to tame his new bride, which in the end prove to be successful.  With a newfound love and appreciation for her husband’s brazen actions to make her a dutiful wife, Katherine wholeheartedly accedes to his perspective.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Amphitheater

“Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
And if you please to call it a rush candle,
Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.”  – Katherine

Although, I did not fall in love with this wine, nor did it tame my lust for glass bottles and corks, but when an occasion, such as outdoor plays or overnight camping trips, the Bota Box Pinot Grigio shall be what pleases me.

Aromatique: Floral and citrus scent

SipQuips: Tart on the tongue. Flavors of lemon and green apple. Definately not sweet.

Kitchen Couplings: Sharp cheeses, light pasta dishes, poultry, fish or seafood. Don’t forget the ham and Swiss sandwich!


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