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We gathered in Woodside for the 2016 Christmas Dinner.

Alexia and Henry! hosted with Henry! having to do most of the kitchen work as Alexia busted her arm the previous week.


The table was set and we had nearly a dozen people at the table.

The Guest of Honor was Ilene Gadler, Alexia's Mom.


We brought some flowers...

Here's a snapshot of Ilene with Brian Weisl, the youngest dinner guest.

Alexia had a nice bottle of Champagne called Monthuys.

Monthuys is a nice, entry-level Champagne which is dry and mildly toasty/yeasty.

We had some nice little nibbles to accompany the Champagne.


Harlan Hoists a Glass.

A second bottle of bubbly was opened and poured...

It's claimed this is matured for five years in the bottle, but I didn't find it especially yeasty or toasty.  It was dry and fairly crisp, though.

Alexia flew into the dining room to light the candles.

Henry!, meanwhile, was in the kitchen working on the dinner.


Hungry guests awaited being seated at the dinner table.

 


We began with a soup made of smoked sweet potatoes.


We enjoyed two bottles of Ridge Chardonnay.

One was their "Estate," while the second is their "Monte Bello."

Both were excellent...mildly toasty and smoky, bone dry and lightly oaked.

Back into the kitchen Henry went and performed a bit of surgery on the smoked ducks...

We had some wild rice to accompany the duck.


Another toast!

The wines were both from 1990 and Napa Valley.

1990 Johnson Turnbull (these days it's simply Turnbull) and a
1990 Flora Springs.

The Flora Springs was mildly Bordeaux-like with some tobacco notes on the nose and palate.
The Johnson Turnbull was somewhat reminiscent of Heitz' Martha's Vineyard as it displayed some minty notes which were detected by both the wine-savvy diners and those with less experience.
We enjoyed both wines and neither was old or showing its age.


Duck with stuffing, wild rice and some red cabbage...very fine!


Brian Weisl and CJ Halsey


Then it was time for dessert...

Ellen brought her famous "Crustless Apple Pie" and a nice bottle of Monbazillac.

We made a Cinnamon Ice Cream to accompany the pie...


Domaine L'Ancienne Cure L'Abbaye...nicely sweet and a bit volatile on the nose.
The wine worked nicely with the apples and sweet topping of the pie.


With that it was time to adjourn the proceedings.

Many thanks to our hosts, Henry! and Alexia.

And thanks to the rest of the group for bringing some contributions.


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