A POST-TASTING SUPPER
February 9, 2005
Following our blind-tasting comparison of French Ros
Champagnes and California pink bubblies, we motored over to Jonathan & Lucy
Tolmach's abode for some vittles and vino.
Jonathan got a Tolmach beer for everyone...
...a nice, full-flavored, darker beer with hops he had smoked in their famous
Henry Moore, Alexia Moore and Lucy Tolmach.
Jonathan had foraged for mushrooms and stuffed some of his "catch"
below the skin of some chickens.
Chanterelles festooned the roasting pan.
And into the oven they flew.
In the meantime, we had some beer and nibbles...
It didn't take long for the chanterelles to
The birds were ready shortly, too...
Lucy then took care of a fantastic chiffonade of Brussels sprouts to accompany
the oven-roasted vegetables.
A couple of Jean Tardy Burgundies accompanied dinner.
The 2002 Tardy Chambolle-Musigny was an elegant, youthful wine, while the 2001
Nuits-Saint-Georges was deeper, smokier and the more complex red.
Dessert was a Persimmon Pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I
brought a bottle of Prince Poniatowski's 1989 "Aigle Blanc," a
late-picked Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. The wine reminded me of honeyed
chanterelles. Everyone else agreed with this character, but Alexia was
encountered hair salon fragrances and found the wine unpleasant.
And so...on that note and the stroke of midnight...we departed.
Many thanks to Jonathan and Lucy for a terrific supper.
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