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THE VINO FINO ANNUAL
HOLIDAY WINE DINNER

2008

 


And we began with a magnum of Ruelle-Pertois Champagne...

Chef Mehrdad Dabir brought out three platters of oysters to get the proceedings started!

And the wines for the evening were prepped and decanted.

John McGlothlin took care of pouring the Champagne...


Miyagi oysters.

 


Mark "Hooked on Oysters" Naismith


Allen can tell great stories, even in his sleep!


The Champagnes were both very fine.  The Ruelle-Pertois was mildly yeasty and crisp, while the Pierre Moncuit was steely-edged and had even more finesse.

Tout le monde a table!

We began with Seared Diver Scallops with Jamon Serrano on a Jerusalem Artichoke purée.

The Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage was perfect with this combination of flavors!


This was artistry on a plate!

We had a wonderful bottle of 1996 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay as the "John Vignau Memorial" bottle...

We know J-V would have enjoyed this wine as it was exceptional.


Duck Confit and Cipolline Onion "Turnovers" with Escarole and Citrus.

A bottle of 1998 Quintessa displayed the green leaf tobacco notes associated with cool vintages in California.  This was a pleasant, nicely developed bottle.

The Heitz Cellar 1997 Martha's Vineyard was very fine.  Deep in fruit and showing plums and blackberry notes, this wine is still blossoming.  It's youthful and firm, with a bright future.

The 1991 Heitz' Martha's Vineyard was spectacular in my view.
This was a grand bottle (David Greiner offered this wine)!
Beautifully developed, the fragrances were oh-so-complex and oh-so-classically Heitz' Martha's!

There was a lovely bottle of Viader's 1991 Napa Valley red...very fine with dark color and nice fruit (still).  I suspect this wine can be cellared for another 5+ years.  It's an entirely different animal than the Heitz 1991.

At this stage, Chef Dabir's lamb arrived at the dinner table.


Dick Otstott's bottle of 1994 Diamond Creek's Gravelly Meadow was also close to its peak...a very fine, elegant, deep bottle of Napa Cabernet.

Nace brought a very old bottle--a 1974 Clos du Bois "Proprietor's Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine was old and smooth, with some tarry notes on the nose.

A 1979 Château Cos d'Estournel was typically earthy and nicely developed.  It was a lovely match for the lamb.

Our red wine marathon concluded with Jack's bottle of 1984 Ridge "Monte Bello."  This was a glorious wine and illustrated why this vineyard (along with Heitz' Martha's) is worthy of "grand cru" status.
The Ridge offered wonderful black fruit aromas and a deep, complex bouquet.  Layers of flavors and beautifully integrated tannins made for a perfect match with the savory lamb.

Allan found a nice bottle of 1971 Rieussec in the cellar and this was a delicious interlude between the main course and the chocolate dessert...

 

 


"Allan, you said you paid three-dollars-and-fifty cents for this???"


Yup!



I picked out a couple of favorites...




Then the chef came out and took a bow...


Valrhona Chocolate Mousse parfait
with Cocoa Nibs...

And so we concluded another wonderful evening of wine and food...



Next meeting: January 2009!

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VINO FINO TASTING ARCHIVE

2007 RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  February 2010

A RANGE OF FRENCH CHABLIS WINES  January 2010

HOLIDAY DINNER & WINE MARATHON  December 2009

ROSÉ SPARKLING WINES  November 2009

ARGENTINEAN MALBECS  October 2009

WEST COAST CHARDONNAYS  September 2009

GREEK RED WINES  August 2009

2005 BUDGET BORDEAUX  July 2009

CAMPANIAN WHITE WINES  June 2009

MIXED BAG OF CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2009

RIOJA WINES, MOSTLY FROM THE 2004 VINTAGE  March 2009

NORTH COAST PETITE SIRAHS  February 2009

SYRAH & PETITE SIRAH COMPARISON  January 2009

A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2008

MOSTLY 2005s: NAPA CABERNETS  November 2008

SONOMA COUNTY PINOT NOIRS  October 2008

SANTA RITA HILLS -2006 VINTAGE- PINOT NOIRS  SEPTEMBER 2008

NEWLY RELEASED ZINFANDELS  August 2008

WHITE RHÔNE VALLEY WINES  JULY 2008

LOIRE VALLEY SAUVIGNONS  JUNE 2008

FRENCH CHABLIS 2005-2006  MAY 2008

NORTHERN RHÔNE SYRAHS  APRIL 2008

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIRS  January 2008

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS DINNER  December 2007

WEST COAST CHARDONNAYS  November 2007

AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ  October 2007

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES  September 2007

SONOMA'S 2005 VINTAGE ZINFANDELS  August 2007

CURRENT RELEASE (2004-2005) ZINFANDELS  July 2007

ROS WINES FROM ALL OVER  June 2007

ITALIAN LAGREIN WINES  May 2007

ARGENTINEAN MALBECS  April 2007

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PINOT NOIRS  March 2007

MOSTLY 2004 CABERNETS   February 2007

CRU BEAUJOLAIS  January 2007

A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2006

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  November 2006

PINOT NOIRS of VALUE-PRICING  October 2006

WORLD OF SYRAHS TASTING September 2006

AUSSIE CABERNET-SHIRAZ BLENDS  August 2006

ALEXANDER VALLEY (California)  and MARGARET RIVER (Australia) CABERNETS  July 2006 

CALIFORNIA PETITE SIRAHS  June 2006

2004 NORTH COAST PINOTS and a FRENCH INTRUDER  May 2006

AGLIANICO : BASILICATA & CAMPANIA'S MAJOR RED WINE  April 2006

NERO D'AVOLA - A TASTE OF SICILIA  March 2006

UNDER THE VINO FINO RADAR ZINFANDELS  January 2006

HOLIDAY WINE TASTING & DINNER  December 2005

BUBBLIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD  November 2005

NORTH COAST PINOT NOIRS  October 2005

STATE OF CONFUSION CABERNETS  September 2005

TIM ZAINER'S SIDEWAYS LOOK AT MERLOTS  August 2005

LOIRE VALLEY CABERNET FRANCS  June 2005 

CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  March 2005

2002 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  February 2005

VINO FINO HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON  December 2004

CHARDONNAYS OF MODEST PRICE November 2004

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO  October 2004

2002 CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIRS  September 2004

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GEWRZTRAMINERS FROM ALSACE July 2004

2001 SOUTHERN RHNES (7 Chteauneufs & a Vacqueyras)  June 2004

AGLIANICO WINES FROM CAMPANIA & BASILICATA  May 2004

MONTEPULCIANO WINES FROM THE ABRUZZO & MARCHE REGIONS  April 2004

SONOMA ZINFANDELS  February 2004

1997 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  January 2004

VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA 2003

2001 CTES du RHNES  September 17, 2003

2000 OREGON PINOT NOIRS  August 20, 2003

WEST COAST SYRAHS  July 16, 2003

2000 Bordeaux  June 18, 2003

2000 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 21, 2003

OFF THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003

2002 NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANCS  March 19, 2003

1999 California CABERNETS  February 19, 2003

VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA December 4, 2002

AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ  August 21, 2002

CHAMPAGNES & SPARKLERS July 17, 2002

Interesting Paired CHARDONNAYS
May 15, 2002

2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS   Feb. 20, 2002

1999 ZINFANDELS January 16, 2002

HOLIDAY SEASON BACCHANALIA
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1999-2000 New PINOT NOIRS November 14, 2001

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS October 17, 2001

1998 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 19, 2001

1999 LANGUEDOC REDS August 15, 2001

1997 SAUTERNES July 18, 2001

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1999 PINOT NOIRS May 16, 2001

1996 SAINT-MILION Tasting April 18, 2001

CARNEROS CHARDONNAYS March 21, 2001

1984-1985 NAPA CABERNETS/John Vignau Memorial Tasting  October 20, 2000

1997 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS   September 20, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 16, 2000

WINES FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: CLARETS  June 21, 2000

WINES FROM UNDER THE TUSCAN (and Umbrian) SUN   Aprile 19, 2000

1997 BORDEAUX: MEDOC May 17, 2000

 

 

 

 

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