Following a tasting of Merlots at the shop, Bob prepared a
nice little menu.
We began with some nibbles and Champagnes...A European market bottle of Veuve
Clicquot, which we find to be different from the more fruity bottling shipped to
The ham and sausage were from Dittmer's, a wonderful family owned butcher shop
in Mountain View. They make some great sausages, by the way!
Bob shows off the French "Summer Truffle" which was about the size of
a golf ball!
Bob cooked chunks of the truffle in with the risotto! We shaved truffle
slices on top, too, of course.
One of the Feudi di San Gregorio bottles was corked, so we opened a Cedar Creek
Chardonnay from Canada which was sent to us by Vancouver's wine queen, Michelle
Wandler. This was an excellent bottle of wine, too!
Bob then sauted some veal chops for the main plate.
These didn't take long and are simple yet delicious.
We shaved the truffles on top of the sizzling hot veal chops.
Two 1995 Barolo wines were paired with the veal:
1995 E. Pira
1995 Luciano Sandrone
Both wines were excellent!
The Pira was a very "internationally-styled" wine when first released,
displaying lots of sweet French oak. Today you'd be hard pressed to tell
whether or not the wine was aged in small barrels or big casks! It is
delicious and still youthful.
Sandrone, of course, is aged in French oak, too. Yet is was more berryish
in fruit and had a hint of a smoky note. The wine is about as developed as
the Pira, so it's probably got another ten years ahead of it.
Henry enjoyed both wines.
One at a time, though.
Claudia shuts her eyes to be able to better savor the wine.
"Damn, that's good!"
After a salad, Bob opened a stellar bottle of Paolo Saracco's Moscato d'Asti and
paired it with a Strawberry Mousse cake.
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