Last week, with Ellen as my guest, I attended the Annual Dinner of the Wine Media Guild of New York, at the Four Seasons Restaurant. A 100-seat event open to the Guild, their guests, and to members of the trade, the menu of course was fabulous (though as a pescatarian, I opted for the “silent option”, or salmon, which was good but probably didn’t compete)–Crisp Farmhouse Duck with Plums, and Filet of Bison with Foie Gras and Black Truffles…And while there were sparkling wines provided during cocktail hour, for dinner, everyone brought a bottle to share.
And though I sampled only a small fraction of the wines around the room, I did manage a sip of the 1938 Niepoort Port, from the above pictured glass…Without a cellar to compete with the likes of that, I brought a bottle of 2005 Toulouse Pinot Noir, one of the three bottles that I’d picked up on a trip to this Anderson Valley Vineyard. Not Left Coast pinot producers to pump their grapes with steroids, Vern and Maxine Boltz at Toulouse know to put Earth and Funk at the wheel, and Fruit in the boot.
Throughout the evening, I happen to have noted only a couple of wines from my table, and for these bottles there are no pictures.
1982 Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc
Earth begat Horseradish
Followed by vapors of Violet
From a Cedar trunk
1981 Montecillo Rioja Grand Reserva
Ron picked it up at the Bodegas
A glimpse of sun in the glass
Mouths watering over cranberries
Toasted not sweet
Sour Cherry blew her breath
And it lingered until she left