Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rhone Tasting for Dec 13th

A wonderful way to enter into the holiday season, tasting Rhone wines and being with friends.

The '85 Chateauneuf seemed a bit thin initially but once it was poured and had a chance to breathe really came alive. Interesting to taste the 2000 Chateauneuf alongside the much older Beaucastel - both were full of flavor though in totally different ways.  The 2000 had a very earthy quality to it and full of fruit.

Hadn't tasted the Blanc or Rose Parallel 45 before, but the Rose particularly was very good and I'm fairly picky when it comes to Rose's.

Escargots Bourguignon
Polenta gratin  with Blue Cheese and Fresh Herb Sauce
Ted's Fig Tart on Puff Pastry
Butternut Squash Ravioli with dried cherries,sage and proscuitto
Pasta with Lamb Sausage and Portabello Mushrooms

Vegetable Tagine with Roasted Garlic-Almond Couscous
Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Capers
Seared Onglet with Shallots and Balsamic Buerre Rouge
Pepin's Smashed Potatoes

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
Mary's Spiced Pumpkin Tarts
Choux with vanilla and chocolate pastry creams
Papillote of Pear with Creme Fraiche and Vanilla
Banana Brulee Spoons

2008 La Vielle Ferme Cotes du Luberon
2006 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, E. Guigal
2007 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, E. Guigal
2008 Cotes du Rhone Parallel 45 - Blanc
2006 Cotes du Rhone Parallel 45 - Rose

2001 Cotes du Rhone Parallel 45 - Red
2006 Cotes du Rhone Parallel 45 - Red
2008 Cotes du Rhone Parallel 45 - Red

1985 Chateau de Beaucastel Pierre Perrin
2000 Chateauneuf de Pape Roger Sabon
1999 Crozes Hermitage Belle Pere et Fils
2007 la Grange Daniel Cairanne
2001 Domaine La Garrigue

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