Coming back down from a rather hectic weekend, the countdown over at Wine Spectator has just begun (although after my list and Wine Enthusiast’s came out, why bother, right?). Numbers 7 through 10 have been posted, and the tease continues up until Monday, November 18th.
Yet rather than bore you with anything regarding Wine Spectator’s impending list, I’d rather talk to you about a few things that have happened since I published my own list last Saturday.
First off, my wife, ever-so-sneakily managed to plan a small dinner at this new local restaurant – Nuvo at Greenup, in neighboring Covington, KY. Co-owned by one of my old friends, Marie Anderson, along with Chef Mark Bodenstein, they have put together a solely pre-fixe menu concept that is bold and adventurous, exhibiting a tremendous amount of balls for this part of the country. Joining my wife and I were Mama Jesse and her new husband, and through 8 or 9 courses, and 3 bottles of wine (Lapalu Brouilly, Vieux Telegramme and Chanson Vire-Clesse) and a glass of sparkling wine (Saint-Hillaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut NV), we were spent. It was an incredible evening, the likes of which neither my wife nor I have enjoyed in some time.
Secondly, my birthday was spent working all day at TPS, followed by a bit of work-and-play at The Taste of the World, a charity event for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and hosted by the Newport Aquarium. Goldbeard and I hosted an “early-bird” cocktail hour for the big contributors. Being my first time at the event, I showed off my geekness for Washington State alongside Danny’s beer enlightments – we poured K Vintners Viognier Columbia Valley 2011 and Gorman The Devil You Don’t Know Red Columbia Valley 2011.
Sunday brought a day to recuperate somewhat, a long, drawn-out date with the Sandman, as well as gifts from the wifey (including a new chess board) and some very cool wine geek stuff made from refurbished oak staves.
I feel pretty good these days, ready for the challenges ahead, hopeful that my wife and I are getting to a better place, and excited for a change about the coming holiday season.
In the meantime, Lady Linda dropped in with some cool new wines:
Healdsburg Ranches Chardonnay North Coast Unoaked 2011. Grade=Outstanding. Really creamy for something completely unoaked. Tasted like poached pears with marscapone. Delicious!
Healdsburg Ranches Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011. Grade=Outstanding. Actually shows more acid than the Unoaked. Still creamy with tropical fruits, butterscotch and vanilla bean.
VML Gewurtztraminer Dry Creek Valley 2011. Grade=Outstanding. One of the prettiest bouquets I’ve come across in some time. Just explodes with spring flowers, litchi fruit and white peaches. Easy on the sweetness, showing nice acidity.
Roederer Estate Brut L’Ermitage 2003. Grade=Amazing. Apple brioche, d’Anjou pear mousse, light and airy notes of lime, vanilla and allspice. Arguably the best sparkling wine out of California. Simply gorgeous!
Fogdog Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011. Grade=Outstanding. Expressive red and black fruits, solid grip, jammy notes of cherry mocha, cigar box and black pepper.