Food Wine & Friends-232 Thanksgiving 2012
The Thanksgiving evening began with a bottle of the new version of Charles
We all hoisted a glass and toasted to our dear colleague Bob
Gorman, who passed away earlier in the day following a brief illness...
Alexia had some nice nibbles for us, especially this platter
The new Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve was a rather standard quality Champagne
in the view of most of the crowd. It's a high-priced version of the wine
they've been selling for a number of years and we've been big fans.
The new cuvee is said to have a higher percentage of reserve (older vintages)
wines and it didn't show exceptional depth or complexity. The wine seemed,
in fact, a bit low in acidity.
Perhaps I'm becoming more enthused by various grower's Champagnes, but this
didn't strike me as worthy of a premium price.
We opened the new bottling of Rose and this was better, but not a great
"Rose," but more like a solid, good quality Champagne.
Alexia prepared a salad with avocados and shrimp...and we had
two Southern Hemisphere Sauvignon Blancs:
Mission 2012 Marlborough from New Zealand...lots of 'green' and grassy, vegetal
Albamar 2012 from Chile, clearly riper fruit and a more melon-like expression of
Trixie and Tom...
Henry brought out the smoked turkey and Alexia served a nice array of
We opened two bottles of 2007 Clos Vougeot to drink with the
Smoked turkey and oven roasted potatoes and carrots.
The Gros Freres Clos Vougeot 2007 was very good...you could
tell it was from a challenging vintage, but the wine still retained the house
style and was quite good.
The Drouhin-Laroze was very good on its own, but over-shadowed by the Gros
Ellen prepared a Crustless Apple Pie from her backyard apple tree...very good!
And the 2006 Frog's Leap Late Harvest Wine, Frogenbeerenauslese, was also a
Tom brought a plate of Biscotti with Persimmons....
And we concluded a lovely celebration, both for Bob and Thanksgiving...
Thanks to Henry and Alexia for hosting!!!
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