Davis Square Wine Tasting Dinners' Journal
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5th July 2002
7th June 2002
agnosticoracle @ : 2002 - June - 06 - Southern France
The theme was southern France focusing on the Loire Valley. We began with Chateau de La Chaize Broully 2000. It is a lovely light red. It is made from Gamay grapes like most other Beaujolais wines. The style is soft and elegant, sometimes described as "feminine." The light fruit and a not too dry finish makes this perfect for light fare. Accompanying it we had a Bonefire Salad. That being a collection of heirloom tomatos topped with onion and roquefort dressing.
As a main course we had monk fish on a bed of white bean ragout with hearts of palm and truffled mushroom stock. It was positively delicious. We paired it with a Clos du Papillon Savennieres 1998. Papillon means "butterfly" in French and has a butterfly on the label. Savennieres is made from the Chenin Blanc grape like the ever opular Vouvray, but tends to be drier with more body. Our particular one comes from a single vineyard.
For dessert we served Muscat de Saint Jean d Minervois. We accompanied it with bananas Foster creme brulee, a combination of two desserts into one. It was wonderful! Unlike the other wines the Muscat is not from the Loire valley though it is from the Languedoc region which is also in southern France. It was quite delicious.
28th April 2002
agnosticoracle @ : First Dinner 2002-04-04
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Wine with Appetizer
Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume ‘99
Loire Valley, France
Pascal Jolivet is the only house in the Loire Valley to receive Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “best wineries of the year” award two years in a row. This Pouilly Fume (100% Sauvignon Blanc) was slowly fermented to bring out the bright fruit flavors characteristic of this region. This wine is very clean and fresh and developed wonderfully as we progressed through the appetizer. The ‘99 vintage is considered a very good year and very drinkable now. I know no one was disappointed with this little find!
Wine with Entree
Vina Lanciano Rioja Reserva ‘95
This delightful Rioja is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuelo. 1995 is considered a “classic” vintage, definitely indicative of what Rioja should be. This tasty little morsel was rich and full. Warm fruit flavors of plum and wild strawberry were followed by hints of pepper that lingered enticingly. Most sources I checked recommended holding on to this vintage a little longer, but I say why wait, enjoy now.
Wine with Dessert
Renwood Amador Ice Zinfandel ‘00
Amador County, California
Renwood has set out to make a unique red dessert wine by taking frozen Zinfandel grapes and sending them through an extended fermentation to bring out the full fruit intensity of this varietal. I think they succeeded. Highly concentrated flavors of raspberries and blackberries balanced well with the evident sweetness. Not so sweet that you feel like your drinking maple syrup, but just sweet enough to tantalize your tongue. It was served very simply with vanilla bean ice cream and we were in heaven. Yum!