Monday, July 09, 2007


This evening’s Guild function at Petite Auberge was a combination Wine Tasting and Annual Meeting, this being when officers are elected and annual dues are payable. Of course, our favorite Cripple-American was there. He currently holds the post of Secretary as well as the even more coveted position of Former President.

Petite Auberge provided a nice array of hors d’oeuvres and the Guild kicked in a supply of Champagne with which to begin the evening. In addition to Veuve Clicquot Brut, there was a bottle of Étoile, a California sparkler. Fizzy.

To supply the rest of the tasting, each attendee brought a bottle from his or her cellar. My contribution consisted of a bottle of Penfolds South Australia Cabernet 2003, an unpretentious little red with good solid peasant-like legs; firm, upright bazooms; and upon tasting, notes of cigar box, currants, dark chocolate, and pitted prunes.

Some of the other wines we had included:
  • Châteuneuf-du-Pape (I don’t recall the vintage, but this was the wine Denny brought. Smooove.)
  • Gigondas Domaine Santa Duc 1998
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
  • Château Cos d’Estournel Saint Estèphe 1997
  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
  • Tinto Pesquera 2003
  • Ojai Vineyards Santa Barbara County Bien Nacido Syrah 2002
  • Neyers Cuvée d’Honneur Napa Valley Syrah 2002
  • Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir 2003
  • Mischief and Mayhem Pinot Noir 2005
  • Walter Hansel Russian River Chardonnay 2005
As you can see, most of the selections were red...and surprisingly, almost all were California. Just a couple of French wines and one Spanish.

We elected a new slate of officers. Well, maybe not so new. Denny is once again the club’s Secretary. And that’s just fine with him. Less aggravation than being President and having to listen to people’s pissing and moaning: “Waah! I want
goat cheese!” “More wine, less food!” “More food, less wine!” “These hors d’oeuvres suck!” (The answer to which is, of course, “If you don’t like the tasting I planned, why don’t you plan the next one?”)

All in all, an enjoyable evening. Burp. Denny will agree - Sucks to be we, don’t it?

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