Why wine? Why Food? Why Love? Why Not?!   Leave a comment

Just what the world needs!  A new wine/food/love blog.  So maybe I need it more than the world does. 

As for the subject: I have passion for each of them.  I will write about each as the mood strikes me.  Often, I will write about all of them at once.  Oh, and the little guy on the left, here, that would be me in an earlier life (self-satisfied expression and all).  He’s got the wines.  He’s got the babes checking him out.  What, no food?  Wait a minute.  Is that a baguette– I don’t think so…

So if you are passionate about these topics– post.  If you like what I have to say, great.  If not, better still.  Just be polite about it, or not. 

Having just returned home to a rainy/cold Connecticut from a long sun-filled weekend in Sonoma, I can report that I am more convinced than ever that I have succumbed to the siren call of California Wine Country. But here’s the hitch, it’s like the introduction to Green Acres, it’s the place for me, but New York/Connecticut is where she’d rather stay. I will have to wear down Ms. R’s resistance to the notion of west coast wine country living.

During our whirlwind visit to CWC, we made a quick stop in Napa on the way to Sonoma.

First we had lunch at Auberge du Soleil. What, you’ve never been? Go!– http://www.aubergedusoleil.com/
Check out their less formal dining experience in the Bistro & Bar. A light lunch of Duck Confit Pizza and Soy Glazed Short Ribs accompanied by a carafe of Romililly Russian River Pinot Noir. Now the duck pizza on its own was a little heavy-handed on the salt. But boy it made the Romililly squeal with delight– then again maybe that was Ms. R. Never mind.

After that we went to the Corison winery and were treated to some nice cabs. We were happy to also taste a nice 2007 Alexander Valley Gewurztraminer marketed under the Corazon label. It showed a nice depth of fruit and a Beyoncè-like roundness on the back end supported by good acidity. At $30 a bottle, it was not exactly a steal, but it is a well constructed wine and worth it. We rated it ** 1/2 out of 4 stars.

We went to Napa just to buy an Alexander Valley wine??– not exactly. I also scored a 2006 Corison Kronos vineyard Cab at considerably more than $30 a bottle for the cellar. It has more complexity than a Rubik’s Cube. Drinkable now? If you ask Ms. R, she’ll say “Hell to the Yes!” But we’re gonna sit on this baby for a while… I hope. Rated *** 1/2.

So on our way out of Corison we met a local boutique winery owner by the name of David Johndrow. Fun guy who also passed on a bottle of his Johndrow Vineyards Reserve Cab– gratis. Honestly, we haven’t had time to taste it. But will report on that one soon.

As for the rest of the trip, that will also have to wait till my next post.

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Posted May 5, 2011 by Sybarite Sauvage in Food-Wine-Love

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