We opened a magnum of Roederer Estate's 1994 "L'Ermitage," a
deliciously toasty and elegant California bubbly to pair with the assorted
"nibbles" at the start of dinner.
We had some Truffle Mousse pt, grilled & marinated mushrooms, grilled
artichokes and broiled mussels with a parsley & garlic butter.
We then had the starter course:
Soft shell crab with prawns wrapped with basil and Prosciutto di Parma.
The crabs were marinated in milk with chopped tarragon, then drained, dredged in
a seasoned flour mixture before being pan fried in butter.
Evert was intrigued by the two 1999 vintage Chardonnays:
Kistler 1999 Carneros from the Hyde Vineyard
Peter Michael 1999 Sonoma County Belle Cte
The ever-young Claudia Temby enjoyed giggle and the wines.
We then "got serious" opening some 1994 Napa Valley Cabernets:
Dunn "Howell Mountain."
These were both magnificent and beautifully balanced.
The lamb quickly disappeared off the serving platter. These loin chops
were first rubbed with a "Tuscan Salt" mixture featuring coarse salt
and rosemary and then further seasoned with Herbes de Provence.
Bob serves the elegant Marjorie Noble-Martin some steamed Haricots Verts to go
with the lamb and Toasted Israeli Couscous (enhanced with Fresh and Dried
Porcini and Portabella Mushrooms).
Alexia Moore amongst a sea of stemware.
Marjorie brought a Draeger's dessert; a mocha & coconut mousse cake.
We had a sip of the Meyer Family "Tawny Port" with this, a lovely
combination of flavors.
As a souvenir of his visit to America, we presented Evert with a garish shirt
featuring California Chardonnay and Zinfandel grapes. He will certainly
stand out back 'home' in New Zealand.
We hope he doesn't get "voted off the island" as a result or arrested
by the Kiwi Fashion Police.
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