My father-in-law, James Grant, would have been 86 today. He was a husband and father, an engineer and artist, a backyard wine maker and meat smoker. He is remembered, by his friends and family, for his generosity, his straight talk, his gorgeous paintings and sculpture, and his great cooking. I regret that I never knew him, but we remember to mark his birthday each year with his pasta puttanesca, a good salad and garlic bread, and a bottle of his wine — this year, a 1982 Amador Valley Cabernet. Cheers!