Archive for November, 2010

For those of us in the States, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  It’s probably my favorite holiday (and my favorite time of year); it’s focused on time spent with family and friends, good food, and good wine.

We’re hosting my family for Thanksgiving dinner this year, a dramatic shift in tradition.  As our parents get older, the holiday hosting duties move to the next generation.  First was Christmas, which moved to my younger sister’s house from our parents’ nearly a decade ago (save one year at mine when she was pregnant with #4).  Thanksgiving was always at my Aunt’s (Auntie!) house.  Unfortunately, this year she’s been benched with a busted hand, and my parents are also not up to the task.

My wife and I don’t have kids, so prep duties are a little easier for us.  We also have a perfect house for a grand meal around a table, with a dining table that can seat 16 and an open space so we can be in the kitchen cooking and still interact with all of our guests.  Our guests will number 15, 9 grownups and 6 kids… we’re missing both of my cousins and their kids as they are going to be in other parts of the country.  (more…)


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2004 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Appellation:  Brunello di Montalcino

Tasting Notes:  100% Sangiovese.  15%  Pretty dark violet in the glass with a bit of copper around the edges.  Nose is blueberry, leather, some earth.  Big fruit on the nose.  The attack is red and dark fruit (comes across to me as blueberries, but YMMV.)  Tobacco, smoke, earthiness.  Nicely structured tannins, nice acid.  Wonderfully balanced and complex.  Medium body, long finish.  Outstanding.  Everything that is good and right with Italian wine.  Young, needs to decant to smooth out the edges.

Rating:  5/5 

Price:  Unknown, was a gift.  Cellartrakcer has it around $69

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2009 Jean-Claude Bougrier Vouvray “V”

Appellation: Vouvray

Tasting Notes: 100% Chenin Blanc.  12% ABV.  Pretty pale gold. Very aromatic, with melon, honey, lemon, and some minerals.  Attack is the melon and honey, very full bodied, nice mouthfeel.  Good minerals and some acid, interesting, as it has an off dry finish.  I like this, and I don’t usually much like off dry.

Rating: 3/5

Price: $9.99 at Beltway Fine Wine

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