THE VINO FINO ANNUAL
HOLIDAY WINE DINNER
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...
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
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
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
"Allan, you said you paid three-dollars-and-fifty cents for
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
Next meeting: January 2009!
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BAG OF CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS April 2009
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COAST PETITE SIRAHS February 2009
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VINO FINO CHRISTMAS December 2008
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COUNTY PINOT NOIRS October 2008
RITA HILLS -2006 VINTAGE- PINOT NOIRS SEPTEMBER 2008
RELEASED ZINFANDELS August 2008
RHÔNE VALLEY WINES JULY 2008
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CHABLIS 2005-2006 MAY 2008
RHÔNE SYRAHS APRIL 2008
CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIRS January 2008
HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS DINNER December 2007
COAST CHARDONNAYS November 2007
SHIRAZ October 2007
TEMPRANILLO WINES September 2007
2005 VINTAGE ZINFANDELS August 2007
RELEASE (2004-2005) ZINFANDELS July 2007
WINES FROM ALL OVER June 2007
LAGREIN WINES May 2007
MALBECS April 2007
HEMISPHERE PINOT NOIRS March 2007
2004 CABERNETS February 2007
BEAUJOLAIS January 2007
FINO CHRISTMAS December 2006
ZINFANDELS November 2006
NOIRS of VALUE-PRICING October 2006
OF SYRAHS TASTING September 2006
CABERNET-SHIRAZ BLENDS August 2006
VALLEY (California) and MARGARET RIVER (Australia) CABERNETS July
PETITE SIRAHS June 2006
NORTH COAST PINOTS and a FRENCH INTRUDER May 2006
: BASILICATA & CAMPANIA'S MAJOR RED WINE April 2006
D'AVOLA - A TASTE OF SICILIA March 2006
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TASTING & DINNER December 2005
BUBBLIES FROM AROUND
THE WORLD November 2005
COAST PINOT NOIRS October 2005
OF CONFUSION CABERNETS September 2005
ZAINER'S SIDEWAYS LOOK AT MERLOTS August 2005
LOIRE VALLEY CABERNET
FRANCS June 2005
SYRAHS March 2005
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS February 2005
FINO HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON December 2004
OF MODEST PRICE November 2004
TEMPRANILLO October 2004
CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIRS September 2004
SHIRAZ-CABERNET BLENDS August 2004
FROM ALSACE July 2004
SOUTHERN RHNES (7 Chteauneufs & a Vacqueyras) June 2004
WINES FROM CAMPANIA & BASILICATA May 2004
WINES FROM THE ABRUZZO & MARCHE REGIONS April 2004
ZINFANDELS February 2004
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO January 2004
FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA 2003
CTES du RHNES September 17, 2003
OREGON PINOT NOIRS August 20, 2003
COAST SYRAHS July 16, 2003
Bordeaux June 18, 2003
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 21, 2003
THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003
2002 NEW ZEALAND
SAUVIGNON BLANCS March 19, 2003
California CABERNETS February 19, 2003
FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA December 4, 2002
SHIRAZ August 21, 2002
& SPARKLERS July 17, 2002
May 15, 2002
Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS Feb. 20, 2002
1999 ZINFANDELS January 16, 2002
December 5, 2001
New PINOT NOIRS November 14, 2001
CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS October 17, 2001
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 19, 2001
LANGUEDOC REDS August 15, 2001
SAUTERNES July 18, 2001
1998 NEBBIOLO June 20, 2001
1999 PINOT NOIRS May
SAINT-MILION Tasting April 18, 2001
CHARDONNAYS March 21, 2001
NAPA CABERNETS/John Vignau Memorial Tasting October 20, 2000
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 20, 2000
CHARDONNAYS August 16, 2000
FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: CLARETS June 21, 2000
FROM UNDER THE TUSCAN (and Umbrian) SUN Aprile 19, 2000
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