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Gerald Whips Up Dinner After A Tasting of Pinot Noirs
April 2005

With the nibbles to start as we get things cooking, we opened a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne.

This showed a lovely elegance...mildly yeasty and quite dry.  Very fine!


We then grilled some seafood sausages and plated them on a bed of corn and pepper "confetti."

We tried a couple of young Spanish whites with this plate...I embellished the sausage with some rock shrimp.

The main plate was duck...

A lentil pilaf and some golden beets accompanied the grilled duck.
We opened a Bargetto red wine from California along with Pojer e Sandri's marvelous 2001 Rosso Faye.
The Bargetto is a 1999 vintage featuring Italian varietals.  It was certainly towards the end of its life span and an interesting red with some orange peel spice notes.
The Rosso Faye is a magnificent Trentino blend featuring Bordeaux varieties laced with some Lagrein.


For dessert we had a sponge cake "cup" filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with fresh raspberries.  I poured a late harvest Tokaji.  The estate is Kiralyudvar and their 1999 is somewhat acidic and a bit astringent.  It's not terribly sweet, so I probably should have paired that with something like foie gras and not a sweet dessert.

BOB'S POST CABERNET DINNER
May 2005



We had a spectacular bottle of Palmer 1996 Blanc de Blanc Champagne following our 2001 Cabernet tasting in May of 2005.
The Champagne was actually a shade too cold, but as it warmed slightly, this blossomed most handsomely.


Nibbles.

Meanwhile, Chef Bob was preparing the Dover Sole.

This is cooked in a mixture of butter and olive oil after flouring.




Bob plated the sole alongside some salad greens.


We opened two "research" bottles of California Chardonnays.

One is La Tour Vineyards, a Napa Valley white with tons of tutti-frutti and sweet vanillin notes...very commercial.  It's supposed to sell for $35 or so.
Also on the table was a wine called Ambullneo.  This is a bigger, richer wine.  It's a $50 retail bottle, having, apparently, a significant scarcity tax associated with it.  Nice wine, but we can think of many wines we'd prefer to have which carry more honest price tags.

Bob had a pork roast in the oven.



Voila!


We opened two bottles of 1993 Bordeaux:
Cos d'Estournel was typically tobacco-like and still a bit severe and tannic.  It's closing in on maturity, but has a fair bit of tannin to shed yet.
The Pichon Baron was a bit more herbal and a shade smoother.  Nice wine, but not grand.


Dessert was a superb fruit bowl with Chteau La Colline's outstanding sweet Bergerac wine.  This is superior to many Sauternes.

 

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