Friday, November 30, 2012

Albariño at Jakes

Paco and Lola Albariño 2010

Was looking at something to add to the Quest list but to no avail but hey tasting Albariño ain't a bad compromise! This had tropics all over with lovely smell of fruits from home. Well balanced with notes of minerals. this had plenty of mango and other tropical fruits like pineapple (acidity!). Yum I like this! OOOo

I paid $12 for a glass though >:( 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Proprietor's Reserve: Trinchero

The usual anticipation 
It was the D-Day of exams for me but when I saw BOGO (Buy one get one) for a 7-course meal at Proprietors, I knew that was what I wanted for dinner. Last minute procrastination before the exam, I answered: White Zinfandel to the question: In 1972, Bob Trinchero is credited as being the first winemaker to create this varietal of wine, and I won! Wooohooo! Score! I still have an exam. 

Lovely cosy setting
Recovering from a cold, I still insisted on coming. Bad idea. 

The highlight of the night was that some friends were there as well and we sat together! Yeay!  

Rest of the night = sadness, cold and no ratings. 

Bonus: 2011 Mary's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
We got this before anything as a bonus. But well I could not taste anything. 

Just tasted cough syruppy. 

Stupid cold. 

Well, I was hungry and wanted to eat all these food in front of me. 

Chicken Normandie
2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
Chicken Normandy | Brandied Cherries | Green Apple |Pecan | Basmati Rice Cup
Fig, prosciutto, goat cheese on Crostini
2009 Vista Montone Vineyard "Daybreak Block" Merlot
Fresh Fig | Aged Prosciutto | Garlic Herb Goat Cheese | Asiago Crostini | Balsamic Demi Glace
Portobello pancetta Risotto cake with Basil oregano pesto 
2008 Chicken Ranch Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet
Risotto Fritter | Pancetta | Romano | Fresh Oregano-Basil Pesto

2008 Mario's Vineyard St. Helena Cabernet
Arugula | Herbed Baby Greens | Grilled Skirt Steak | Dried Blueberry | Gorgonzola Crumble | Basil Vinaigrette

2009 Napa Valley Meritage (Cab/Mer/PV)
Linguini Duo | Artichoke & Mushroom Ragu | 50/50 Spicy Sausage & Sirloin Jumbo Meatball | Shaved Parmesan
2009 Central Park West Vineyard Petite Verdot
Lavender Pepper & Espresso Rubbed Tri-Tip | Cream Cheese & Chive Mashed Red Skins

Food was not necessarily yummy but it was satisfying! All the wines tast cough syruppy. Oh well. Lesson learned.


Double Magnums up for grabs!
FYI, I passed the exam! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Bodegas Langa Calatayud Pi 3 1415 Concejon 2008 

This hails from Spain and is 100% Concejon, which according to the EU Vitis database is Miguel de Arco (known on Wiki as Moristel). Whatever, it is another one for the Quest List! Been pretty behind on that so time to indulge during this holiday season and do some catching up!  

Anyway, this Pi was juicy with mouthwatering acidity. Good nose of fruitiness and jam. Good tannins with layers of gaminess, leather, this full bodied fruity wine would be great with steak. Ends with tannins. Never had Concejon so this was great! We got it at costco at a great value of 12.99! Worth getting again! OOOo

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here is to Lauren

The 'Everything-up-for-grabs-cook-everything-in-my-kitchen' night.

Cook people cook!
Director Avery
Cook Direct Drink some more

Cheers to yummmy wine
Happy camper!

It was that crowded.

Hanging out with the pots and pans

He could not resist :)

Got more than watermelons!

Dear Lauren, 

     Wherever you are in this world, just know that we look at the same moon and feel the same gravitational pull on Earth plus or minus any anomalies where you are and where we are. I hope traveling is going well and that you drink wine from all over the world and get drunk like you would with us. It is ok that your plant died. I am growing more for you to pick up. So you better get your butt down here when you are back. I miss you! Take care travelling you silly surfer.