Food, Wine & Friends Page 268
After a busy day in the shop, we motored to the Moore Estate
for the traditional Thanksgiving Feast hosted by our friends, Alexia and Henry
As usual, the Welcoming Committee was out to greet us.
Inside, the table was set.
There was an enticing smoky fragrance in the air and we had a
look at Henry's handiwork with cooking the bird...
He's got a nice little smoke box set up and this does a great job in smoking the
The O'Poons arrived a minute or two after we did...
Toohey was on hand to supervise and eat...
Alexia and Connie were contemplating dancing a polka.
Dot Dot Dot
Henry, meanwhile, had other ideas...
We partied like it was 1999.
The first bottle opened was the 1999 Pierre Moncuit.
We had a toast to good health, good friends and the like...
Tom got in the picture with all this toasting business...
Then we all gathered around the living room table and enjoyed the Bubbles &
Mark and Connie made some Crab Cakes and brought some spicy
sauces for those...
The 1999 Moncuit was nicely toasty and rather dry. We
liked the overall balance of the wine as is had become a bit creamy with bottle
Henry then opened the 1999 Bruno Paillard.
The Bruno Paillard 1999 Vintage Brut was bigger, toastier and
fuller on the palate. It was nicely toasty with a faint hazelnut
character. Quite good.
Now it was time to sit down at the dinner table and roll up our sleeves.
Alexia brought out a couple of Italian white wines and a nice
little salad to start.
With the salad there was a Vini Montauto Sauvignon from Tuscany's Maremma
region. This was mildly herbal and had light Sauvignon character to
it. No oak. Dry. This paired nicely with the salad.
The other wine is from the Colli di Castelfranci winery and it's their
Fiano. The region of Avellino in Campania is a prime site for the Fiano
grape. This wine was light and a bit shy...vinous, at best.
Continuing with the 1999 Theme, Alexia brought out two red Burgundies made by
These wines had been exceptional in the early 2000s when they were released, but
we had not seen these in years!
The Charlopin Chambolle-Musigny displayed a mild smoky, burnt match-stick
quality at the start. It took a while to get going, but this never really
seemed to blow off. The wine was nicely light like a Chambolle, but less
overtly fruity at this stage. It may simply be the wine is in a funk, as
it did not taste 'old.' Perhaps it's merely a phase or stage?
The Morey-Saint-Denis was more like the wine we tasted in its youth. It
showed some pleasant red fruit aromas and fragrances and this was still the case
Both wines had nice oak when they were young and now wood is not part of their
In addition to Henry's Smoked Turkey, Alexia whipped up Brussels Sprouts,
Roasted Potatoes, two kinds of Cranberry Sauces and oven-roasted sweet
potatoes. Henry, who forages for mushrooms, had found enough to make a
dynamite Mushroom Sauce for the turkey.
Ellen was in charge of dessert. Alexia fired up the oven.
Ellen got busy making a whipped cream topping with a touch of Frangelico.
Ellen, say "Cheese."
Back in the dining room Connie and Mark were posing for the
We opened a bottle of Verduzzo from the 1983 vintage...Ronchi
This wine was a bit funky, rustic and odd. Alexia felt it was a corked
bottle, so she found a back-up wine.
Ellen's Chocolate Souffles were fresh out of the oven.
The 1985 Dorigo Verduzzo was showing well...more polished, mildly honeyed and
nicely balanced (not too sweet).
And at this point, I was running on fumes and had no strength
to take another snapshot!
A big Thanks to Everyone for a wonderful holiday celebration!!!
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