A Late Birthday Bash For Steve Lubin, An Early Celebration for
Thalia Lubin hosted a small dinner in January to
celebrate the birthdays of her hubby Steve Lubin and our Pal Henry Moore.
Henry opened the bottle of "Rodier" Champagne they brought. This
is a product of the large Marne et Champagne firm.
Some sushi and other "nibbles" to go with the bubblies.
The Rodier was a bit sweet and extremely acidic. We then had a bottle of
Huia's sparkler from New Zealand. It's quite a bit softer, richer and a
bit nutty on the nose.
The Lubins have a nice display of masks collected on their various vacations
hither and yon.
Chef Thalia then got busy with salads.
Jonathan & Lucy brought a Chanterelle Risotto to go with the main
course...Jonathan gives it a stir...
Henry, meanwhile, was impressed with the
We opened two distinctive Sauvignon Blanc wines, both from Italy.
The 2003 Weingut Niklas was delicious! It sports a mildly vegetal,
Meanwhile, the Colterenzio "Lafoa" Sauvignon was more pungent and
herbal. Weedy. Henry mentioned "cat pee" and Lucy found
notes of "boxwood."
Lucy, meanwhile, was lost in her appreciation for the Colterenzio
It paired handsomely with the salad of greens and the bay scallops.
Following the salad, I decanted two bottles of 1961 Bordeaux.
Chateau Roquevieille is a modest Bordeaux from the Ctes de Castillon.
This wine, probably predominantly Merlot, was dark, deep and still a bit
youthful. The Croizet-Bages, also from 1961, was acidic, tannic and
hard-edged. It was a bit thin, remarkable since 1961 was such a fine
Steve then selected a "weapon" and set about carving the leg of lamb.
Chef Lubinski decorates the platter of lamb.
Dinner is ready!
Alexia took care of pouring the two Bordeaux.
Birthday Boy Henry Moore.
Lucy elbows Alexia out of the way in the food line!
Alexia brought a nice cheese assortment to go with a couple of Pinot Noirs.
The 1992 Dehlinger Reserve was showing marvelously. You'd not ever imagine
the wine was more than a decade old!
A 1993 Ici/La Bas Pinot from Oregon was showing signs of maturity and some of
the peppery "spice" notes of some vintages of Oregon Pinots.
Both were quite different, yet good.
The evening concluded at this point, everyone well-fed.
Best birthday wishes!
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