Occasion? It had a cork that needed to be removed. At times Scott has it right; just drink.
Stopped by winex on my way back home after a source inspection at a pcb fabricator in Santa Ana. They were holding over a case of some older stuff, but had shorted me a bottle, and we started talking about what they had. Think I’m gonna order more today.
Put together a vertical flight of wines for “dinner on the deck” at our friends’ house.
2005 WineSmith Pinot Noir Second Fiddle
2006 Wellington Victory
2007 Schug Syrah
2008 PennyFarthing Rose (NV label but 2008 fruit, per Clark)
2009 Iron Horse Russian Cuvee
2010 Kent Rasmussen Sauvignon Blanc Esoterica
Sabered the IH and drank as an aperitif, then had the Sauv Blanc & the Rose with cucumber & tomato salad, watermelon and kielbasa & sauerkraut pierogies. Opened all three reds with dinner of BBQ ribs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, cavatelli, baked beans, potato salad and pasta salad. Segway into desserts including fruit salad, cheesecake, chocolate cream pie and cassata cake.
Pretty great wines imho from top to bottom, this bottle is the bottom $39 from JJ Buckley private client price, if Envoyer has them i’m sure they would be a couple of dollars cheaper I couldn’t wait
Last night, at a party, a bunch of Casemates/W.Woot faves, though the Scott came from WTSO:
Gruet Blanc de Blancs
2015 Scott Harvey Winemaker’s Reserve Zin
2013 Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zin
Alysian Sauvignon Blanc
Forgot to take a picture for a full list, but some highlights from the Seattle gathering last night:
1992 Wellington Merlot
2001 Teldeschi Terranova
2002 Ardente Cab
2004 Beresan Stone River
2008 Wellington Victory
We also had a couple Brian Carter Red Blends, Pedroncelli rose, a couple chards, a Rioja, and some others I can’t recall the details of this morning…
A couple of nice bottles tonight for the woman who gave me 3 daughters! I still don’t understand why she is so very happy to drink them when I get so much grief for buying said bottles? Such are the mysteries of married life Happy mothers day to all you mothers!
It’s coming along…it’s better right now on night two just reopened. It was aromatically shut down for part of the evening yesterday. It’s firming up as well, which was the thing I didn’t like about this blend when it was blended - didn’t seem like it had enough stuffing.
Heh… maybe next time! Had a glass of Dry Creek The Mariner with dinner of filet with brussel sprouts and yukon gold mashers at Fleming’s then enjoyed the bubbly in bed while watching TV later on in the evening.
La Bulle-Moose de Cigare 2017 Fizzy Pink of the Earth, a 375 ml can. Highly recommended in the canned-wine category, even if he did carbonate it after the fact. Not very fizzy at all. With fried chicken (yes!) and greens. And an awesome frank and high-falutin’ beans.
Started out our travels today with a visit to a relative in post-surgical rehab in The Bronx, and ended up in the beautiful Berkshires, gravitating to menu items that amounted to a re-imagined Memorial-Day-weekend dinner. (Hummus is an all-American appetizer by now, isn’t it?)
2007 Core Hard Core
Interesting blend of 37% Mourvedre, 33% Cab Sauv, 26% Syrah, 4% Grenache. Wasn’t too sure what to expect based on the blend but it is very nice and has held up well despite the crumbling cork, which broke upon extraction. I really need to look for my ah-so…
@Winedavid49 Better now. The notes I had last year showed it was very alcoholic. I didn’t get any of that, and it seemed to be much more even keeled this time. Still had some cola flavor, but a little more depth.
Delicious, first glass was pnp balance decanted. Was better after 45 minutes, will certainly hold another 4 or 5 years but if you have multiples I wouldn’t hesitate to start enjoying them periodically.
New Belgium Trippel. A gift from my late FIL. The beer expired 2 years ago, about 3 weeks after he did.
Still tasted pretty good after a 12.5 hour workday. Back at it at 5 am for a primary election tomorrow. This will probably be a 16 hour day.
Wish we were having Flannery tonight, but molarchae is not so into the red meat these days. At least not enough to justify a Flannery.
Making a lemon chicken stir fry with soba.
2010 Scott Harvey Reserve Zin
It worked well, I needed a white to go with the turkey. That being said I have no idea what to pair with Gewürztraminer? In fact I usually don’t like the variety. What do you pair with Gewurz?
Gewurtz goes really well with turkey, actually. In general it goes well with strongly flavoured/spiced food, including Asian and Indian. But if you’re having something hot with capsaicin, then you want an off-dry Gewurtz…
1998 Rubissow-Sargent Les Trompettes
with Flannery burgers, grilled corn and German tater salad.
At PnP yesterday I was a bit hesitant, especially considering the dry crumbly cork;
day two and it’s a fine old bottle with the initial nastiness gone.
Pleased I got a few.
Gotta love Karenhynes! Just love the old school neighborhood restaurants When I do finally make it out to Chicago I expect to be sitting in that opposite chair looking at miss May on the other wall
Anytime! Dinner is on me!..but don’t block my view of the calendar. Sadly, there is no equivalent calendar for you with scantily clad women. If there is, I’ve never noticed it.
Lago is about as old school as it gets…right down to the red and white checkered vinyl table cloths. Been there since ~1952…third generation, family owned. Classic Italian. Nothing fancy, just plain good. They don’t charge me corkage (I let them drink with me ).
This scene from Mad Dog and Glory was actually filmed there.
@Winedavid49 it was good. Low tannin and fruity but balanced. Played very well with the balsamic reduction, which I was a little worried about. After a few hours it got extra berry flavors which was great as an after dinner glass.