Wine Tasting September 26

Here we are in the third week of annual drydock. The first week is festive, seeing folks face to face on the passenger boat that you seldom see otherwise. Second week a little less rosy. Third week we are all really ready for the Whatcom Chief to come back with her new coat of paint, ready for yet another year of reliable service. What colors will she be wearing this year??

Last weekend was busy with wine biz…our regular tasting on Saturday and the special Equinox food pairing event on Sunday. Both days were lovely, sunny, and warm fall days, picture perfect. Saturday was a small group, smallest in some months, made for easier conversation and visiting. All the wines showed very well, and the new truffles were also a hit…hmm, need a picture of those truffles!

Sunday turned out to be a great success! We had 16 guests for the wine and food pairing event, and all seemed to enjoy the terrific “small bites” that Mary Beth worked hours on putting together in our little galley, and the five wonderful wines that we paired with each dish. 

My own feeling is that MB worked way too hard on the food, Pat worked way too hard washing dishes (never again a fresh plate for every dish!), and Steve and I worked too hard schlepping tables and chairs up and down the stairs. Look for the next event to have great wine and great food, yes, but presented in a more casual way. We are already at the drawing board, so stay tuned!


This week’s wines:

Dry Creek chenin blanc (Calif)
luscious notes of melon, peach, and lemon peel, a great buy… $10

Marchetti Later Harvest Verdicchio*…
Full-bodied with lush notes of pear and melon, and beautiful acidity. A one of a kind wine from one of the great winemakers of Marche …$14
* OR if it’s sunny, possibly continuing to celebrate the summer with the ’08 Brancott Sauv blanc (NZ) $14 (“gooseberry , lime, nectarine, and lemongrass “)

Domaine L’Hortus Pic St. Lou red  (France)…a Rhone blend with a richness of black currants, plums and blueberries, along with some coffee…named for the 638m crag shown below, this little appellation consistently produces wines of intensity and concentration…$14

Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cab Sauv 2003 (Chile)… A full-bodied and expressive red, with plenty of berry, red plum and chocolate-spice flavors. There are nice mineral and cedar notes mixed in, with fine tannins on the finish…$18

photo image  Pic St. Loup

JUST IN! Cheese, Gromit!
New cheeses from Pleasant Valley include special, seasonal BASIL gouda– YUM, it’s great, but with the fresh herb should be eaten soon. Also stocked up on fines herbes, nokkelost, & jalapeno…!

Wine Tasting

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