At the end of the year, a small group of wine and food lovers gathered at one of the hottest scenes in town. Nosh? Close, but no cigar. La Fiorentina? I wouldn’t stake my bet on that guess. Lucia? Nice try, but that’s a half-baked guess.
|Kumamoto and Chelsea Gems from Pac-NW and La Saint Simon from PEI|
Oysters, from both the Pacific and Prince Edward Island, were flown in and shucked by yours truly and an able assistant .
And the wine? Well, we are heading into Super Bowl territory here in the Dallas area, so there is a lot of buzz about the parties that are rolling this way the end of the month. I’ll miss most of them, as I’ll be in Friuli freezing my butt off and drinking Tocai (how derisory it feels to call it Friulano) and not missing any great meals with the COF-Bloggers. But we had to test some of the wines, courtesy of a couple of friends of mine in the biz.
|All in a day's work - even the last day of the year|
The Champagne lineup:
- Aperitif- Ruinart Blanc des Blancs NV
- w/ the oysters- Krug Grande Cuvee MV (multi-vintage)
- w/ itself- Dom Perignon 2002 ( dressed in Andy Warhol Blue)
- w/ the duck- Pol Roger Brut Rose 2002
- w/ the dessert and cheese- Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose Brut 2002
We also had a perfectly aged Hermitage from Paul Jaboulet, La Chapelle 1985, which was in top form, along with a mighty nice 2007 Cotes du Rhone Rouge from Domaine Catherine Le Gœuil, which more than held her own in the company of the Hermitage and the duck.
Great chef, great meal, great friends, great wine, great times. Hey, some folks in some towns have their secret speakeasies. I’m a food and wine guy. On the wine trail in Italy (and everywhere else) I wander after those once in a lifetime meals and happened upon a place that is, and will remain, one of my favorite hideaways in town.
|duck fat ~ pass the 'taters!|