The Official Wine Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by audiophilia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Kyoung05

    Kyoung05 Senior member

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    Yesterday, we had a 2000 Hundred Cabernet Sauvignon from Kayli Morgan Vineyard. Pretty mellow for a Napa cab, although that may be due to the age. I had a 2004 vintage of the same wine a few months back, and recall it being much more heavy on the plum and spice.
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    '04 was a monster Napa vintage, '00 was sort of meh.
     


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    Last weekend, I found an wooden gift box housing a magnum of Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve 1973 in the wine cellar of our summer house. I don't think it's really supposed to be anything special but am curious to know if there are any tasting reviews around.
     


  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    So thinking of doing a multi-course meal at home on Sat. Here's the problem: it's not like we're eating at Cyrus and getting the pairings. It's going to be just the two of us and I can't open 3-5 bottles (or 9 or 10 like Cyrus pairings!) for just us. So I need to think of something that will go with scallop ceviche (going to try the Bayless recipe) and foie and something else.
     


  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I did scallops on Sunday and served a white Bordeaux, half Sauv Blanc and half Semillion. Very slightly sweet. Very slight. I thought it worked perfectly.
     


  6. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    I'd do something like a Meursault or a Puligny-Montrachet. A quality example will have good acidity yet also some depth that IMO will make it quite versatile with a good number of dishes.

    The white Bordeaux rec is also good, though I'd be slightly more inclined to try an Italian white out of personal preference.
     


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    My dish had orange supremes so the sweetness of the wine worked. Also, the scallops were seared. Dry wine might work better with ceviche.
     


  8. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    Indeed I'd lean more to the dry side. At Scott's, the sea bass ceviche and Chablis were magnificent together.
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    It's not matching the ceviche, it's matching both ceviche and foie and something(s) yet to be determined. I greatly prefer a savory presentation, so at least that will help.

    I know I have a couple of dry Eye-tie whites in the cellar.
     


  10. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    yes, I know about the foie. White burg will be absolutely fine with Foie, it's the ceviche that can be the tricky part (I'm guessing wines that are lower in acidity will seem flabby next to ceviche).

    I like the Italians myself but wouldn't do a Roero or PG for the sometimes lack of acidity.
     


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    I've got a couple of high acid, mineral Froggies.

    Damn, maybe we should just have a beer with the ceviche? [​IMG]

    Very slightly off-dry: 2005 Château Laulerie Montravel Sec
     


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    Bought a few bottles of my daily drinker, Tesch Spatburgunder trocken. Bought a bottle of better Pinto, a Karl Pfaffmann 06 Spatburgunder trocken. Will try this weekend.
     


  13. indesertum

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    I'm taking my girl here http://www.heightscafe.com/ There's no wine list available online or by pdf. What kind of wine would be a safe bet to order that goes with most types of foods? I don't think both of us can finish more than one bottle. I don't remember much about their wine list except that it was mediocre. Chateau St. Jean chardonnays for 14 or so by the glass, cline cabernet sauvignons for 40 or so. Should I order some west coast pinot to be safe? I think I'm most comfortable with wineries in california or should I be more adventurous
     


  14. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    IMO, the most ubiquitous/easiest food pairing wine at a place that doesn't have huge selection is something based off sauv blanc.

    If you and your lady already know what you're going to order, we can give better advice though.
     


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    the wine list is a pretty decent sized book, but i haven't been there enough times with enough experience to judge it well.

    i would say we would order duck or fish. these three sound about right

    Oven Roasted Halibut & Jumbo Shrimp
    Watermelon Salsa, Shaved Fennel, Sushi Rice & Feta Cheese
    Saffron Aioli
    35.

    Char Grilled Duck Breast
    Duck Confit, Turkish Lahmajoun & Lemon-Macerated Onions
    Blistered Tomatoes & Middle-Eastern Potato Salad
    Honey Lemon Reduction
    29.

    Pan Roasted Filet Of Branzino
    Spinach-Leek Stuffed Little Neck Clams & Shaved Carrot Salad
    Chick Peas Cassoulet & Slow Roasted Tomatoes
    Lemon Relish
    34.


    their steaks are supposed to be house aged prime ribeye, but for some reason i dont really want to order steak there.



    i've been kind of wanting to explore italy. would gavi or soave work with duck or fish? or would some kind of sauv blanc be a better choice?
     


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