@klezman We also took the easy way out tonight. Hummus and crackers with the last of a Floodgate Rose, then I opened a 2013 Windrun PN, to go with surprisingly excellent microwaveable rigatoni with ragu, and pretty enjoyable microwaveable chicken meatballs.
Lest anyone question my patriotism, I had a hot dog on Sunday.
@InFrom Sounds nice and easy
Although being in CA, I have to make my own Buffalo wings if I want them to be enjoyable. Frank’s Red Hot + butter + some additional spices, usually garlic, onion, coriander, smoked paprika, and habanero sauce.
@klezman that sounds yummy. Last night, the thought of starting to cook dinner from scratch was more than I could contemplate.
Tonight, at beautiful Tanglewood, for the start of the Symphony’s summer season. We’re not up to the level of bringing a candelabra to the lawn, but we do ok. I bough a lawn cart last summer for all the stuff we drag along.
We started tonight’s festivities with a can of Rosé bubbles from Underwood, now we’re onto a bottle of 2015 Onesta Grenache Blanc. Watching the lawn gradually full up with music students, summer home dwellers, urban escapees, etc. A wonderful place to be, especially on a warm New England evening.
@InFrom Sounds nice!
Buffalo wings pass for “semi-slacker” dinner in our house. Mostly unattended waiting for the wings to crisp up in the oven.
Full on slacker dinner is more like ordering in, freezer food, or just slicing up some meat and cheese.
Sometimes the cook (me) needs a break!
@InFrom Sounds like Ravina in Highland Park, IL. I’ve been to a number of concerts there. Some people really go all out (candelabras, etc.). Last time I was there was for the Moody Blues (with a couple of bottles of rose between my wife, daughter, and I).
Had friends to dinner on the 4th… After Aperol Spritzes (I know, SWMBO is going with the fad…) we had a 2009 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel (purchased on the 2012 rpm Tour). Tourists will remember I gushed over this wine at the time as a textbook perfect example of the bright-red fruit, medium body, low(ish) alcohol Zinfandel that was the ideal of California winemakers from the 19th century through the beginning of the fashion for high extract, overripe fruit, high alcohol Zins (which started in the mid-1970s and is still with us). It was, and it has aged beautifully without losing the balanced brightness that made it so charming in youth. The perfect accompaniment for grilled salmon - which was our main course. This Zinfandel is at its peak now, and will probably hold another 5 years. This in a wine that was ~10 a bottle on the Tour. Always listen to the little old wino, rpm. Your patience with this wine is rewarded.
2012 Wellington Grenache estate with grilled pork chops.
Scott was right, this is a bad example of Wellington Grenache. A rare miss from Peter. Hot, jammy, reminded me of a medium bodied Syrah if anything.
@CorTot@ScottW58 I do try to find something to like about most bottles, it’s true. Which is not the same as liking everything
But I’m not opening another of those 2012 Wellingtons until (probably) early next year in the hopes that the sappiness keeps ebbing.
You got me thinking about wines from the Rocks so…2016 Sleight of Hand Syrah Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard. Clocks in at 13.8 abv and is delicious! I wouldn’t normally buy a wine with a music based theme and rock and roll labels but a friend talked me into trying these and i’m glad I did. As good a syrah as you can get from anywhere imho.
2013 Wellington Syrah, Sonoma County.
Likewise, glad I overbought on the Wellingtons.
OK, not a lot…a quick scan shows 43, including some
ports, but I did find a Shafer Merlot while I was
looking, so there’s that.
Oh, the Syrah is nice, excellent nose, jumped out
of the bottle at me. Fresh and flavorful on pop-n-pour.
@hscottk@Mark_L@rc70@rjquillin Yeah, it’s good. My recollections from last year were that it was a little more interesting, but not a large enough difference to think it’s anywhere near the end of its life. I’ve got the second half tonight after being under air/cork the last day. I’m expecting some slightly oxidized flavours.
Last night, 2015 Franny Beck Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard, a purchase from last year’s Berserker Day. Opened up into a beautiful, lush Pinot. With Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk, an odd-sounding but fantastic and easy recipe.
Looking at the Franny Beck label, I learned they’re located in Rickreall, OR, a place I knew nothing about until I looked it up.
Can’t edit my initial comment but should add that it’s crisp and clean, very refreshing, etc…but probably overpriced at $39 (but the Limestone Ridge/Vista Verde designation likely commands price).