What I Drank Last Night – A Great White Burgundy

And, no, it wasn’t one of the widely, Corton, Bouchardand wildly, celebrated Montrachets, but a stunning Corton Charlemagne 2007 from Bouchard. Concentrated and amazingly intense, big enough to stand up to a steak, which is how I first encountered it, in Biarritz, many years ago. Thank you Denis!

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What I Drank Last Night – Another Brilliant Champagne Pascal Doquet

This cuvée, the 2005 Blanc de Blancpasqual doquet Premier Cru, Le Mont Aimé, was meaty and substantial, yet the chardonnay danced across my tongue with a precise and captivating delicacy. A perfectly aged, fully mature Champagne.

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What I Drank Last Night – Yet Another Fine Un-Oaked Chard.

It’s becoming a real trend, un-oaked four vines chardChard, I mean. If you number yourself among the growing number of wine drinkers moving away from creamy, oaky Chardonnay towards learner, more restrained versions, check out this very palatable, and moderately priced effort, the Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 2011. At just $12 it’s a super wine, showing lots of lovely ripe fruit, balanced by cleansing, green-apple crispness.

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Two Great Bargain California Chardonnay Discoveries

Tin Roof Cellars Chardonnay and Backhouse Chardonnay, both 2012, and just $10 & $8 respectively. Both are lean and crisp, no creamy oak-juice here, and perfect for casual summer drinking, or poolside party sipping.

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What I Drank Last Night – Duck & Pinot

Duck and Pinot is one of those wineetude 1-and-food combinations that makes this earthly struggle seem worthwhile. Or that was my feeling last night when I sipped the Etude Heirloom Carneros Pinot Noir 2002, while savoring duck breasts in an Amarena cherry sauce.
The Pinot was brimming with red cherry flavors, as much good Pinot does, and paired perfectly with the rich, slightly gamy duck.

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The Martini Bar at the Met’s Roof Garden

.Met 1 small…on a perfect summer evening. Wow! Can New York get any better than this?

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What I Drank Last Night – a Fabulous Rosé

Ch de TrirquevedelChateau de Trirquevedel Tavel Rose 2013: bone dry but bursting with such irresistibly juicy, exuberant, red-fruit flavors you never notice. Wonderful with salad Nicoise on a steamy summer evening.

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What I Drank Last Night – Gewurztraminer, Domaine Zind Humbrecht 2012

Azind humbrecht really fabulous Alsace brimming with sunshine and intense crisp, juicy, floral-laced fruit.

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Dinner in a Still House

Dined last night in a whiskey still house, really. Sat down in many winery caves, but never in a place like Jameson’s Garden Stillhouse, Cork Ireland.jameson 6 - small

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The largest pot stills in the world….and two lovely ladies!

At Jameson’s Midleton Distilery, Cork, Ireland.

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