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Whatcha drinking tonight- part 2 (for Zuf)

Original post by napagirl68, Apr 28, 2013.




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Reply by EMark, Jul 19, 2013.

Last Night -- Hollywood Bowl.


The Mauritson Rose is an awesome picnic wine.


Peggy's Mediterreanean riff on a shrimp boil.


Cheese course.  Somehow the calzones did not get pictured.



Dessert.  Believe me, one of these belly bombs goes a long way.  OK, one lasted me until intermission when I dug out another one.


Evening's program:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

   Dukas --  The Sorcerer's Apprentice

   Glazounov -- Violin Concerto, Martin Chalifour, soloist.

   Berlioz -- Symphonie Fantastique



Reply by lingprof, Jul 19, 2013.

Hi Emark!  Your meal looks amazing!!  and what a great setting to have it in.  I had this last night, with wonderful high-end "cocktail" foods cooked by a talented friend, and it was delicious:

Telegramme 2009 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

Reply by EMark, Jul 19, 2013.

LP, it's good to hear from you.  It's been a while.  Also, very glad to hear that you, too, had an enjoyable evening.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 19, 2013.

Welcome back, lingprof! Looks like a nice bottle from the community notes.

Been a pretty dry week, but tomorrow we are having friends over and I'll make a fish dish and a beef dish on the grill, so we'll have a 2009 St. Joseph from Courbis and another, slightly meatier Syrah, probably from California.  Lots of choices, but the wines that are in their window include '07 Lagier Meredith (gift of JD), '07 Bell Canterbury Block 6 (likely to be the choice), '09 Rockpile Madrone Spring, '05 Hartford Outer Limits, '07 Lost Canyon, or one of Steve Law's Maclarens.  I'm thinking of keeping the '07s for a tasting of '07 Syrahs from all over the northern part of the state--anyone interested in showing up for that?

Reply by napagirl68, Jul 19, 2013.

EMark... your meal looks awesome!  what a special treat to listen, sip and have great food as well.

Lingprof!  You're back!   Nice to see you here again.  Always nice to see another woman on the site :-)

Reply by outthere, Jul 19, 2013.

Not fair. I popped a couple of my '07s with you an eMark at the Fig. Though I do show 7 more 07 Cali Syrahs in the cellar.

Reply by zufrieden, Jul 20, 2013.

With a most satisfying Kalamari dinner last night, I actually partook of a glass of Retsina.  Not sure what all the fuss is about; this weird, pine-infused, flabby white (usually Savatiano, but could be a blend; producers rarely tell) from Attica and environs works surprisingly well with lightly fried, garlic Greek dishes.

I notice that Boutari produces a rather weak version.  This change occurred some years back as the desire for the acquired taste of Aleppo pine resin declined.  The period of decline is paralleled with the rise of quality whites from Macedonia, Santorini and the Chalkidiki.  These areas do indeed produce excellent whites so feel free to spurn the questionable charms of  Retsina (I must say, though,  that one of those charms is price).

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 20, 2013.

OT, don't forget I brought an '04 Hermitage.  Wasn't WOTN but a worthy contribution.  If the theme had been '07s, then I would have brought something from Cali, but that seems redundant when you have the bead on the best Northern Cal syrah anyway.

Besides, you'll be invited--after all the trips I've made up your way, you can make it down here one time.  Or maybe we'll do it on my annual Russian River weekend, currently likely to happen in September. 

Reply by Ivesreeves, Jul 22, 2013.

Maroon colored with a nose of dark berries, melted raisinet candy, aged firewood and sarsaparilla drink mix. Dark berries persist upon entry and linger with a peppery palate.  A full bodied wine, it is accompanied by an odd tannic quality that evokes more of a medium body profile.  A very tolerable level of eucalyptus and small berried shrubbery closes out the finish. One drawback is the surprisingly higher level of acidity than one would expect in a Shiraz. But it went well with the cheese tray I served during my book club meeting this evening. I believe I shall finish the last open bottle tonight.  Cheers, mates!

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 23, 2013.

Birthday wine was an old standby: 2009 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon...good as always, friends liked it too. Royal Tokaji 5 puttonyos for dessert, they liked that too though I was hoping to get it closer to fridge temp.

Yesterday we had a '10 Pegau Reservee...flowing sweet fruit but the oak bit me a little. Kinda dumb to open that early bit now I have a feel for what it is. A bit of a fruit/oak bomb but the finish was kind of powerful at times which made it a treat. I have one more that will be saved for a horizontal with Foxall & Co.

Over the weekend I popped a 2006 Dhondt BdB Champagne Vv - Also very enjoyable. Back to more normal times ahead, waiting for Ryan's 1st birthday on 8/27

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 23, 2013.

While JD was celebrating a birthday, we had an anniversary to commemorate, so we opened a half bottle of Monthuys Pere et Fils NV Champagne.  We had hoped to be at the Radio Coteau dinner at Spruce but waited to reserve until we (thought) we had a babysitter lined up, so we only made the wait list.  Good thing, I guess, because the babysitter fell through at the last second. Friday my nephew comes over for one of the last times before he moves to the middle East for a hitch.  He can't take wine with him, although he can buy it there in Western-designated hotels.  It's also his birthday this weekend (my friends and family have a large number of Leos, FWIW), so we'll do something good--Roar PN or Talty Zin, probably.  Between now and then, I have some fun dailies to try, like Tormaresca Neprica and Bila Haut L'Esquerda. 

JD, sounds like you can wait till 2016 to drink that Pegau.  But that VT is showing well early, so try to block out the siren's song.

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 24, 2013.

That's quite the coincidence about 7/22 for us... 

What's a "hitch"? In reference to your nephew.

To be fair, the first VT I opened, it was given a proper 3 hour decant, and was allowed to show it's stuff on day 2. The Pegau never had much of a chance, but showed flashes.

Reply by JenniferT, Jul 26, 2013.

Hey JD - happy belated b-day! (Also I'm guessing a hitch is a work assignment however many weeks or months long).  

Tonight I'm having another provence rose - Domaine Houchard Cotes de Provence 2012. At less than twenty CDN loonies, it's the best value in a french rose I've found yet. :) 

Reply by jtryka, Jul 26, 2013.

2010 Blacksmith Merlot, the second label from Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla, so yummy on a cool rainy night!

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 26, 2013.

Thanks was a memorable birthday, but then just a couple days later I blew out my left foot. Positively on the mend now, so hoping for a quick recovery.

Inspired by the Chardonnay thread I popped some Chablis tonight. This stuff is so great for under $20 chard. Kind of struck me as a nice balance of land and sea...has a nice saline quality to it, then a little fresh cut grass. Very judicious and soft kiss of oak and butter. Finish lasts a while, and in a good way.

Reply by jtryka, Jul 26, 2013.

Wow JD, sorry to hear about your foot, but at least you had a good birthday and some nice wine tonight!

Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 26, 2013.

Must be a Chablis kind of evening!


Reply by outthere, Jul 26, 2013.

I was going to do an '11 Huet Le Mont Sec but the little woman came home with an attitude. Not going to waste the wine on her when she's being a biotch. Instead I'm finishing the Ziata from the other night.

Ho hum, I even made her a nice dinner. :/

JD, I couldn't make anything out from the x-ray. Hope nothing is broken. I'm guilty of doing the same thing. Surprised I never had the same thing happen. Once I almost flipped one over backwards climbing a hill that was too steep.

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 26, 2013.

Yeah there wasn't much to glean from that x-ray, I put it up cause people like pics! There was just one thing the doctor wasn't sure about, so I guess I'll go ahead with the MRI next week.

Anyway it's feeling a lot better I'm a bit relieved.

+1 on not wasting good wine on attitudes ; )

Reply by JenniferT, Jul 27, 2013.

Crappy news about your foot, JD. I hope it heals quickly. In the meantime, maybe you can placate yourself with some wine you've been wishing for! :)

Speaking of which, I've got to get some of this 2011 wine.

A white from Portugal for me tonight. 2011 Dialogo Douro Branco. A blend that's made from a bunch of grapes (6!) I've never heard of that are typically associated with Port: codega do larinho, rabigato, gouveio, dona branca, viosinho, and bical. The perfect marriage of a learning opportunity and a chance to get inebriated, lol!

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

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