A Bit of a Crowd
We are in the Napa Valley at the moment, but were in San Francisco for a couple of days before coming here yesterday. Many of you may know that last weekend the SF Giants won the World Series for the second time in three years, so on Wednesday there was a HUGE celebration parade, which started downtown near the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street at exactly the time we needed to be in the same place to catch BART to the Oakland airport to pick up a rental car. That meant that we converged with the million or so (yes, Really!) people coming into the city at the same point for the parade. The sidewalks were so crowded one couldn’t see the stairs down to the subway even from a few feet away. So it took about 20 minutes of wandering/pushing through the hordes of Giants ballcaps, jackets, sweatshirts, and costumes to find the BART entrance. It was all very, very festive, the beginning of an all-day party across the city…and from our perspective, a good time to leave town!
El Camino de Santiago Benefit slide show
This Saturday night Bryan and Kathy Thurber will share their recent Pilgrimage adventure in Spain with an exciting program of food, culture, and slides at the Grange at 6 pm. The event is a benefit fund-raiser for the Island Library remodel project. We have donated Spanish wines for the event (so you know they’ll be good!), which will also feature an array of tapas prepared by a small army of volunteer chefs. Come join the fun, contribute your support to the project, and stay for slides and the Thurber’s lively presentation. Finally you get answers to all your questions about walking El Camino de Santiago!
A suggested donation of $10 per person to the Library Building Fund is requested… but feel free to give more! read more about the Pilgrimage route
This week’s tasting
Since we will still be here in Napa this weekend, Ryan will be choosing and pouring the wines for Friday and Saturday tastings. I did leave on the counter several bottles of a lovely French wine that we have enjoyed with you earlier this year, and it is possible that he might select it for this weekend. The wine comes from near the village of Cairanne in the southern Rhone, which we visited about a year ago.
Les Aphillanthes Cairanne l’Ancestrale ’09 France 93pts $23
From 100-year-old vines, this unfiltered blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre is an extremely supple, full-bodied, opulent, irresistible wine that fills the olfactory senses with copious aromas of black cherries, black currants, forest floor, pepper, lavender and garrigue. It is a compellingly sexy, full-throttle, ancient vine Cotes du Rhone the likes of which are impossible to find anywhere else in the world.