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THE BENTON PERSPECIVE, Wine and Dine #10

We’d barely skidded into our garage after a great day and a great Run before I sat down at my keyboard to compose my thoughts on the day. As the pandemic has largely passed, activities like ours are now okay with government and the medical profession. The handshake is back and even the hug. Those of us who have been vaccinated have little to worry about (at least for Covid-19) and it showed in the camaraderie of the group that met in the Ocean State, Litchfield parking lot today. I got conflicting numbers, but we had more than forty attendees in twenty-two Miata MX-5’s, an excellent turnout. People need people. We were a fine and colorful crowd.

Dan And Sandy Riccio hosted the 10th Run. Holly and I gave it over to them earlier this year because of our impending move away from CT. Between the two they choreographed it beautifully. They had clearly done their homework both with roads and stopping places, exactly what is needed for any successful Miata Run. The directions were concise and clear. Running radio patter alerted us to potential problems, pedestrians on the roadway or other road hazards. Joe Wall was tail-gunner and Marcel St. Germaine and Jim and Crista Merchant were placed strategically within the group to assist where necessary.

They led the procession on well and sparsely traveled roads first to the Jerram Winery in New Hartford that opened early just for us. I hope they felt rewarded. We spent a leisurely hour there and then were off again traveling, straight, hilly and curvy roads at a satisfying pace (some may not agree, but this is my article), and our little cars handled the roads like they were glued to them. I’ve said that before and nothing has changed.

Dan took us north into Massachusetts, finding lots of delicious Miata roads to conquer. Our second winery, Les Trois Emme, had set out tables across it’s abundant lawn for us, yet another example of excellent planning. It’s hard to believe that wine comes in so many textures and tastes, but each winery had it’s specific brands of wine and all were quite fine.

Following the repast and delighted conversations at multiple tables, Dan announced the third and final leg of our Run, a stop at Peaches and Cream back in Litchfield, not far from where we started, for dessert.

We challenged ourselves and our machines, got quality time together and – you must speak for yourselves here – returned to our homes happy and satisfied. We certainly hope so. Another beautiful day; another incident free Wine and Dine Run. What could be better?