A wonderful wine tasting
dinner party was held last night at the home of dear friends Swan and Crystal. The company numbered around 14. Everyone was asked to bring a bottle of wine about which they could give a description, or some history or background. As each bottle was opened, the "bringer" gave the description and a sample was had by all. It was a wonderful way to learn about a variety of wines, as well as to introduce the interesting mix of guests to eachother. Despite the many bottles consumed, none seemed worse the wear for their indulgence.
The tasting continued over dinner, a delighful meal of salad, bread, chicken, pasta, and asparagus, prepared by Crystal and daughter Marion. Dinner was followed by a selection of two desserts and coffee.
The dutiful hostess was asked to make a list of all the wines we enjoyed so that we may all remember, savor, and serve them in the future. Here follows a list of the selections (and a note from Crystal), which I can heartily recommend to everyone: Dear Wine Enthusiasts and Funny, Kind People,
Thanks so much for bringing your sophisticated palates and equally
sophisticated (and delightful) wines and conversation to our home last
evening. There is nothing more delightful than sharing good food, wine and conversation with lovely souls such as yourselves. As promised, here is a list of the wines that we drank, and the names of the people who brought them.
Beaujolais Villages/ Louis Jadot (2004)
Roz & Marion McMillan
St. Urbans-Hoff Reisling (2004)
Prospero Cabernet Sauvignon (2000)
Sue Thornton & Agon Kabashi
Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot (2003)
Nash and Jenny Mayfield
Trimbach Reisling (Alsace) 2002
Barton &Guestier Vouvray (2004)
Justin Cabernet Sav. (2003)**
Crystal & Swan
Crane Lake Merlot (California) 2003
I think that most of you said that you found your selections at "The Depot"
on Pio Nono. I hope that we get to see some of you over the holidays. Thanks for getting me, literally, "in the spirit".
P.S. Susan D. and John Mark I hope that you can join us the next time.
**This wine probably can't be had as the private warehouse in which it was
housed burned down. We had one of the bottles from the few remaining cases that were salvaged.(I just love this kind of interesting tidbit, don't you?)**Editor's Note: Actually, there are a few bottles to be had at Vineville Beverage and Cigar