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Notes by
Gerald Weisl

 

We gathered at the appointed hour in the sleepy little burg of Woodside, California to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Joining us this year was Romain Ferreira who is visiting from France where he studies wine marketing.

This year's guest list also included Ellen and her son Brian, Tom, Connie, Mark and myself.  Henry and Alexia were in the cellar and kitchen.

Toohey was also in attendance.

 


Alexia Moore, the Hostess with the Mostest.

The table was set and ready for "action."


Henry! got busy and opened a magnum of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne.

We brought the nibbles to the living room to enjoy with the bubbles.

The "bubbly" Romain Ferriera, our Portu-French guest.


A toast...

Back in the kitchen, Alexia, The Salad Queen, was plating the first course.


Alexia paired the salad, which featured fresh pears and walnuts, with a Ricardo Santos 2013 Semillon from Argentina and a Preston 2013 Dry Creek Viognier from Sonoma, California.

We all raised a glass and had a toast to our late friend Bob Gorman who passed away Thanksgiving week in 2012.  We also toasted our sister Barbara Weisl-Beacham who passed away earlier this week in 2015.

The Viognier had faint hints of apricot and peach...dry...medium-bodied.
The Semillon displayed an earthy tone with a faintly smoky note.

Back in the kitchen, Henry! got busy and carved the turkey he'd been smoking for hours earlier in the day.


Alexia raced around the kitchen, assembling the various accompaniments to the bird.

I was busy working to decant a pair of 1982 Bordeaux that Alexia had selected to share with the group.

Henry's Handiwork:

In honor of Bob Gorman, Henry "does a Bob" in presenting (and showing off) his culinary artistry.

This was a nearly complete rendition...
...it lacked only the "Hurry up, Gerald...I have to serve this now!"


Gravy.


Cranberry Sauce is tradition and Alexia's had a nice orange/citrus enhancement.
We had two kinds of "stuffing" or "dressing", some Potatoes, onions, bread and braised vegetables.

The 1982 Giscours was leathery and a bit earthy.  Some people thought there was a corky quality to the wine, but it did not remind me of the musty character one encounters in "corked" bottles.  I suspect this was more an issue of age and maturity.
The L'Evangile was brighter and showed more red fruit notes along with a faintly cedary, woodsy note.  There was also a tobacco tone in the wine...very fine!
Both wines are, as the late Mister Gorman might have said, "a point."


Another toast...this time to the host and hostess.



Romain realized, now two weeks into his 7 week stay in California that the term "Crazy Americans" is redundant.

For dessert Alexia pulled out a bottle of a hall-of-fame candidate...1977 Taylor Vintage Port!

Ellen baked one of her hall-of-fame "Crustless Apple Pies."

The Port was as fantastic as the pie!
Despite being 38 years old, the Taylor is still youthful and beautifully fruity and full-bodied.
The tannin level has mellowed out nicely, making for a rather smooth, polished dessert wine.


Another toast was called for!

And with that, we adjourned the proceedings until next time!

We give thanks to Alexia and Henry!, as well as all the others who share their lives and friendship with us.

Many thanks!

 


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