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PAUL & HENRY'S 60th Birthday
(The First Anniversary)


Celebrated
Super Bowl Sunday
February 3, 2002

Chez Obester


The Pacific Ocean provides the background for this year's 60th Birthday bash.


The sunset was fantastic.

So was the Champagne and Bob's little appeteasers!


Charles Heidsieck 1990 Blanc de Millnaires to start, followed by a fuller bodied Pol Roger 1990 Brut.


 Paul fired up his new wood-burning oven and prepared his version of "Farinata," an Italianate version of the French "Socca."  Using chick-pea flour, he made some terrific taste-treats, flavored with fresh sage and olives.
Molto Buono!!!


Sandy prepared Halibut with a variety of wild mushrooms, all "roasted" in the famous wood-fired oven.


Paired with the halibut were two fabulous Italian white wines:
1999 COLTERENZIO "Cornell" CHARDONNAY
(An excellent, reserve bottling from an Alto Adige Cooperative winery, this has a lovely fruit/oak balance.)

1999 ANTINORI "CERVARO della SALA"
(A fantabulous barrel-fermented blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto from Umbria...nice & creamy, with toasty oak.)


Marjorie liked both wines, not to mention all those mushrooms!

Meanwhile, the quail had flown into the wood fired oven.



Sandy had de-boned these little guys, stuffing them with a combination of a black Chinese Rice (called "Forbidden Rice") and a sausage mixture.

 
The wines accompanying the quail were:
1993 VIETTI BARBARESCO
From the supposedly "minor" 1993 vintage, there was nothing minor about this wine (demonstrating why numerical scores for assessing wine are of limited value!).  Medium-full bodied, this was a superb match with the quail.

1989 PELISSERO BARBARESCO "Vanotu"
Having been matured for a time in a bit of new oak, this wine had a lovely woodsy note along with the earthy, somewhat floral Nebbiolo.  It's about the same weight as the Vietti, so the comparison between the two was really intriguing.  Both were excellent!


Paul was upset.
He has no more bottles of either Barbaresco!


After a salad, we dove into an assortment of cheeses.


Sandy, for some reason, selects the cheese with her eyes closed.

Two 1989 Burgundies were paired, quite handsomely, with the cheese:

1989 BRUNO CLAIR MOREY SAINT DENIS
"En la Rue de Vergey"

1989 JEAN GROS RICHEBOURG
Both wines were very good.  The Clair a bit lighter and simpler, the Richebourg having more smoky notes from the new oak in which it was matured.  Both wines are excellent and still have plenty of life left in them.


Oven-Baked Apples were dessert, the birthday boys' having a candle in their for additional heat.

The rest of us were warmed by a Dupont Calvados "Pays d'Auge," a lovely three year old apple brandy.


 

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