Monday, July 20, 2009


Tonight’s Guild event at Petite Auberge is the annual BYOB night at which memberships are renewed and the new year’s slate of officers is elected.

The Grouchy One will not be there, alas - he’s in the process of returning from this year’s Blownstar Blodgemeet. But I expect that Houston Steve will attend.

I'm planning on bringing a nice Saint-Émilion, a Château Troplong Mondot 1998. I’ll post the other offerings - everyone is supposed to bring a bottle to share - after I get back.

Update: I did indeed bring the Troplong Mondot, and it was superb. Three asterisks, at least, as befits a wine that received a 93 rating from Wine Spectator. Here are the other wines we had:

Stony Hill Napa Valley Gewurztraminer 2006
Walter Hansel Russian River Valley Cahill Lane Vineyard Chardonnay 2004
Bodega y Viñedos François Qurton Mendoza 2008**

Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes 2008

Bacio Divino Napa Valley 1995 (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Sangiovese, 12% Petite Syrah)
Domaine Piquemal Revesultes Ambré 1988
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2005
Luca Malbec 2007***
David Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Syrah 2003
Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Merlot 2003
Château Taillefer Pomerol 2005**
Courbissac Minervois 2004
Hacienda Monastero Ribera del Duero 2004
Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Shafer Napa Valley Firebreak 1997
Seppelt Dorrien Vineyards Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Sterling Vineyards Sterling Reserve Red Table Wine 1986
Artaldi Viñas de Gain Rioja 2005

R L. Buller & Son Victoria Fine Tokay***

Oh, there was food, too. What had been advertised as hors d’oeuvres turned out to be a nice cheese selection, accompanied by chicken, salmon, and filet mignon... enough to help sop up all that alcohol. Yummy!

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