Ringo comforts me, even when I don’t know I need it. He sidles up when he senses the day has gone south and wags his tail while giving me that cute look. He swats his paw to get my attention, then ducks his head under my hand, this way and that, guiding me, caressing me as much as I’m caressing him. His ears are silk, his neck velvet. My worries drain from my fingers and disappear into his fur. I don’t want this feeling to end. He lingers long enough to bring a smile to my heart, then turns his head and gives my hand a kiss — not a slobbery dog embrace, just a quick bisou among friends, a reminder that life is good and it’ll soon be time to feed him.
Cattleya Cuvée Number One Pinot Noir 2021, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. ABV: 14.3 percent. $65 from the winery. (Sample.)
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