Monday, April 23, 2007


Tonight, Denny and I had to choke down yet another Sommelier Guild tasting dinner. This time we were joined by none other than Houston Steve, one of the Minyan Boyz, at Grace 1720 in Norcross.

The theme of the tasting was “Other” French wines, i.e., wines from places in France other than Bordeaux and Burgundy. St. Jean de Rubber-Boot, f’rinstance. Here’s what we had to eat and drink:

Domaine Marc Portaz Apremont Savoie

Flight 1:
Pierre Ragon Quincy 2005
Albert Mann Pinot Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes 2003
Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage Blanc 2000

Serrano Ham Wrapped Alaskan Halibut, Roasted Baby Vidalia Onions, Whole Grain Mustard Crème

Flight 2:
Duboeuf Julienas Prestige 2003
Duboeuf Fleurie Quatre Vents 2003
Duboeuf Moulin à Vent Domaine des Rosiers 2005

Seared Duck Breast, Crispy Fried Potato, Fennel Salsa

Flight 3:
Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol 1999
Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Special La Tourtine 2001
Calvet Thenvin Les Dentelles 2004

Australian Lamb Loin, Reggiano Crusted Green Tomato, Sweet Tomato Jam

Domaine Deletang Mont Louis Moelleux Gran Reserve 1996

For a second dessert, I brought along a bottle of Quady Essencia Orange Muscat, a sweet wine. Denny, Steve, and I managed to kill most of that bottle over a lengthy postprandial conversation.

Honestly, I just don’t know how we managed to eat this stuff. Whar da beanie weenies at?

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