Nov. 27 2012 01:03 AM

Like the movie, it works in more ways than one

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For most people, the term "memento" means "keepsake." That's why the bottle art for the 2010 Memento Red Blend is so clever. It's a checklist designed for a gifter to give to a giftee, complete with all the reasons the recipient is lucky enough to be given a bottle of wine. Essentially, it's a slightly snarky Hallmark moment wrapped around a bottle.

The thing is, I'm not always like most people. When I think of "memento," the first thing that comes to mind is Christopher Nolan's mind-bending 2000 film, starring Guy Pearce as a man trying to solve his wife's murder without the benefit of short-term memory. Happily, I am the beneficiary of memory, and the wine of the same name takes me back to the experience of seeing the movie.

I was a regular at an independent Seattle movie theater that sold food and alcohol. It was a little shabby, and it screened second-run films along with a smattering of first-run pictures, the sort of place where you could sit and enjoy a greasy buffalo-chicken sandwich and a beer in an almost-empty movie theater. I knew very little about that movie when I went in, and I enjoyed myself immensely. Sadly, though, not enough people discovered that little spot, and despite my status as a regular, I went to see a film one cold Saturday afternoon but was instead greeted by a hand-scratched note on the door: "Closed Forever." 

Back to the wine: This Memento is 86-percent Syrah, the rest a fruity Grenache. Put them together and you find that the dark plum and cherries of the Syrah nicely complement the lighter Grenache in a way that has some complexity but is also easily accessible. It sells for just $7 at Trader Joe's—a good deal, either for a gift or for you to drink at home. And while my own version of a memento may be a little different, this wine helped me remember a bit of my past, which, I suppose, makes it a memento after all.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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