Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Invite to Dinner

Invites to dinner are always nice...no cooking to be done by my wife..she gets to enjoy..and I get some wines I maybe don't know.













Our host prepared a delicious summery starter.
Goat's Cheese Nut Balls with a grape & apple salad and the main course was Salmon in Pastry in a Champagne-Estragon Sauce.













The opening white wine I knew...Bistro Tasting..and a cracker it is!... I love Condrieu..unfortunately..my pocket cannot afford daily doses..












Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets 2005
Rhone, France

I remember 'finding' Cuilleron when I visted the area..back when I could buy his wine at the Vineyard door..those days are gone..Cuilleron is too well known nowadays.The wine was beautifully presented...it had been decanted.
This has a gorgeous nose...powerful..exotic fruit..full flavour, explosive and rich.
Points 18
Gaja Ca'Marcanda 2000
Tuscany, Italy

The red had also been decanted..
purple colour; black fruit and
caramel aromas;
quite mature, porty...sweet tannins..
quite elegant..no hard edges.
Points 17

4 comments:

Saint said...

You should try Gaja's Promise... 2004 was pretty nice... greetings from Germany... any Infos?

restaurant(at)burgcrass-eltville(dot)de

...
Steven Ramsey

Barry said...

Hi Steven....where are you in Germany?

Burgcrass.. I visited a few years ago..not sure nowadays...back then.. it was OK....decent food..but limited winelist if I remember...should no doubt be better stocked by now

Barry said...

Re-reading your post..maybe you work there....lol...
Gaja..will look out for...that's a 'promise'

Steven Ramsey said...

wow... found this post. Can't even remember me posting it.

Ya, I worked there back then as a Sommelier and we had a more than descent winelist (it actually got awarded).

Sadly it all changed now. I had a small/personal winelist of 180 european wines on the list in early 2009 before I left. Now they pretty much dropped it to a few local ones..... so can't really talk about "better stocked" anymore.

Times change.....

S.Ramsey@gmx.de

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