Food, Wine & Friends Page 130
July 29, 2007
Chez Gorman in
We gathered at Bob's place to celebrate Alexia's 39th
Alexia shows off her dental work...
The Dom Ruinart was nice, but the Pol Roger was superb!
Bob then heated a couple of frying pans and seared the tuna.
The two Chardonnays worked nicely with this dish. The Terraces was the
more fruity wine, showing lots of pear nectar-like character, while the Patz
& Hall was toasty, creamy and buttery.
Sandy was busy...
Next we decanted the two red wines. Both were old bottles...
1947 vintage, before Alexia was born!
Our dear friend, the late Marjorie Martin, left us one last bottle of 1947
Cabernet Sauvignon from Louis Martini. The foil had been removed or lost
years ago and the cork was a bit dirty, but we were able to extract it in one
Meanwhile, Henry too care of decanting the 1947 Chteau Calon-Segur.
The Louis Martini was still dark and deep. Lots of nice, rich Cabernet
character with black fruit tones.
The Calon-Segur showed some tobacco notes and a dusty quality. It was a
shade lighter than the Martini, but still quite nice.
Grill-Meister Bob Gorman.
Proceeding to the cheese course, Paul had baked some bread and
I brought a Poilane-like loaf.
Paul and Sandy brought an array of cheeses from around
Northern California and Oregon...
And then it was time for dessert!
Paul brings Alexia's cake and we sang "Happy Birthday" to her...
Again. And again. And again...etc.
The Niepoort 1980 Colheita was perfect with the cake...a Mocha Hazelnut cake
from The Cakery in Burlingame.
Then Alexia opened some birthday presents.
Bacon-scented "air freshener"...
Henry was especially pleased by this gift...
Alexia was then thrilled by the next gift...
Alexia's card from The Obesters...
A new apron...
...and a new cook book!
Many thanks to one and all for collaborating on this nice
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