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With teriyaki salmon, rice & nori, baby bok choy with oyster sauce, broccoli with sesame, the Brulees “L’Erebe” (2010, VdT from Loire). Juicy black fruits, fresh, just a fun and delicious wine, it’s like an adorable puppy. . B+

Wednesday we went to some friends for dinner- tasty meatloaf, broccoli, salad, baked squash, mashed potatoes. Wine was a Gnarly Head Zinfandel (didn’t see a vintage) that I liked more than a bottle a few years ago - wild berry fruit, light tannins, enough acids, nothing compelling but fine to accompany meatloaf with old friends. B-/C+

Thursday I had sesame noodles for dinner before a board meeting, but when I got home joined Betsy for sopressata and a glass of the 2005 Ch. Greysac. A bit tannic, midbodied wine with light black currant fruit and a bit of cedar. Could probably age a bit more. B-

The cooking wine over several nights was the 2011 Bella Vita Pinot Grigio (Veneto), which was worth sipping as well, very good for an $8ish price point. Crisp, fruit almost with a SB profile, clean, I’ll get more at this price. B-/B

With Bittman’s “1 hour bouillabaisse”, the 2009 Biondi Etna Bianco. Good acidity, fairly large bodied with a bit of oily texture, reminds me of a CdP Blanc but with more acid. Very interesting, though I think I like Biondi’s Etna Rosso more. B

With chicken paprikash and egg noodles, the 2010 Stephane Magnien Morey St. Denis. New producer to me (not a fan of the other Magniens), but the CSDenis was recently recced to me, got a couple for cellar, decided to try village wine to see if I had made a mistake. Pretty tight at first but blossoms through the night, pretty red frujited with with a bit of soil and smoke. Fairly delicate, lacy. B+/A-

A St Paddy’s Day dinner at some friends. Some assorted appetizers were out, along with the 2011 Maxwell Creek Rose (Napa). 13.7 abv, tasted hotter than that. Fat, clunky, with maraschino cherry meets red Delicious fruit. . C

While the dogs enjoyed bones, the people enjoyed corned beef & cabbage, plus a few wines:

1975 Langoa-Barton
Carried as a “Wild Goose” wine for the Irish connection. Fully mature, still some solid plum and cassis fruit, a little chocolate with the cedary finish. Not deep or complex, but pretty good example of mature claret, with no excessive 75 tannin, best bottle of this I’ve had. B+

2009 (I think) Baron de Ley Rioja
Cherries, a little vanilla, quite clipped on finish. C+

2011 Steinmetz Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett Feinherb
Much better match with the corned beef and cabbage than the reds, plenty of acidity but with enough fruit to balance, orange-ginger tea over apples, good length, like a lot. B+

The following night assorted leftovers with the 2011 Franck Balthazar Cotes du Rhone. Lovely again, fresh Syrah with a lot of bounce, dark berry fruit with smoke, meat, and pepper. B++

With dal with spinach, samosas, lentil salad, & naan, the 2010 Stein Aldegunder Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Feinherb. Just the tiniest hint of sugar, vibrant acids, citrus and green apple, I’ll buy again. B+
Last night was skate in black butter/caper sauce, green beans sauteed in goose fat and then tossed with aioli, plus rice. Wine was the 2010 Pinon “Les Trois Argiles” Vouvray. I’ve liked this wine before , but totally blew the match on this. Not sure exactly why, but the caper sauce and the wine were at war. Double yuck! After dinner I liked the wine much more- apples, apricot, and honied notes, sec tendre, nice length. C- with dinner, B+/B later.

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a
party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of
objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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On 3/21/13 4:24 PM, DaleW wrote:

With chicken paprikash and egg noodles, the 2010 Stephane Magnien
Morey St. Denis. New producer to me (not a fan of the other
Magniens), but the CSDenis was recently recced to me, got a couple
for cellar, decided to try village wine to see if I had made a
mistake. Pretty tight at first but blossoms through the night, pretty
red frujited with with a bit of soil and smoke. Fairly delicate,
lacy. B+/A-


I haven't had any from him, either (no relation to the other Magniens
BTW) but such worthies as Maureen Nelson and Sasha Katsman both are fans
of the wines, including not only the village MSD but also the Sentiers.

Mark Lipton

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"DaleW" wrote in message
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With Bittman’s “1 hour bouillabaisse”, the 2009 Biondi Etna Bianco. Good
acidity, fairly large bodied with a bit of oily texture, reminds me of a
CdP Blanc but with more acid. Very interesting, though I think I like
Biondi’s Etna Rosso more. B
................


Thank you for mentioning one of my favorite recipes, that Bouillabaisse from
Mark Bittman. It has been tremendously satisfying; I recall a dinner some
twenty years ago in which we served that Bouillabaisse along with some
superb sourdough bread out of California, a Beurre d'Isigny and a variety of
a half-dozen or so Cabernet Franc based wines, both France and the US. The
bread and butter combination with Bittman's wonderful fennel-based soup was
memorable to this day, I unfortunately have no record of the wines other
than that the standout was a Beringer reserve bottling. Nice memory, and the
red wine worked superbly. Thanks again.

pavane


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"DaleW" wrote in message
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2011 Steinmetz Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett Feinherb
Much better match with the corned beef and cabbage than the reds, plenty of
acidity but with enough fruit to balance, orange-ginger tea over apples,
good length, like a lot. B+

Which Steinmetz? There are two of them in Brauneberg, Günther, and his
younger brother Christian who runs a small cafeteria and a tiny but
ambitious wine estate, producing some very nice and low-priced Mosel wines.
I enjoyed them last October at his terrace overlooking the river and the
Juffer :-) Highly recommended - but yearly production is a mere 16000
bottles...
http://www.weingut-csteinmetz.de/

Anders



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