We decided to stay home and have a “civilized” dinner with good friends. Ray and Flo came over and I cooked 7 or 8 small courses. The night, like my food and the pictures, got more and more out of focus as we worked our way through 4 bottles of wine and 2 dessert wines. It’s amazing how poor one’s judgment can get after that much wine. My seasoning went to hell fast. Luckily I was under-seasoning rather than over-seasoning since under-seasoning can somewhat be fixed (well a little bit).
Our first wine. Wente Vineyard’s Nth Degree Chardonnay (I don’t remember the vintage). Ray brought this one over. It was very nice for a California Chardonnay – some malolactic fermentation but not overly buttery.
One of our first courses. A leek velouté and an asparagus velouté:
Another early course: Tomato and Melon with vanilla oil and fried basil
Our second wine: 2001 Corton Charlemange, Marc Colin. In terms of white wine, I’m a huge burgundy fan – enough said.
Our third: 2001 Sterling Three Palms Merlot. One of my favorite California Merlots.
Our fourth: 2002 Emilio’s Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville. This wine was from Andrea’s A-List wine club. A really nice wine with lots of licorice on the nose. The wine finished with some incredible mouth watering acidity with hints of black cherry. I enjoyed this wine but we actually opened it after our meal. I think it’s best to enjoy this wine with food.