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Alexia Moore s 2007 Birthday Fest
July 29, 2007
Chez Gorman in San Bruno

We gathered at Bob's place to celebrate Alexia's 39th Birthday (again!).


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 piece!

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...
Happy 39th!
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...

"Gummy Bacon"


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 fest!

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