Springtime Wines

 

A few iPhone pics from last weekend’s Spring #lambfest, cook-out and wine bash (be sure to scroll to the right – and yes, the picture above is beef, not lamb). Highlights included:

A cooler of bubbles with the super quaffable Ultramarine rosé, a 2005 Gaston Chiquet Special Club Brut Champagne Blend, and the Jacques Selosse Initial Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs. (The Jacques Selosse was the first pour in my glass as I walked out onto the deck and it stopped me in my tracks).

Food included lamb shoulder (not pictured) and New York strip steaks, a smoked mushroom polenta and for dessert an English pea cake with fresh pea shoots to garnish. There was also an amazing baked dish consisting of morels, fiddleheads and asparagus: the combination of crisp veggies surrounded by lusciousness felt like a mix of springtime and a warm blanket for your soul (and no, I’m not exaggerating).

There were significantly more wines than what’s amassed in these photos. I brought my favorite Red Car rosé, which while perfect for this hot summer-like day, was incredibly pedestrian compared to the 1988 Chateau Latour that graced our meal.  Later in the evening, I sampled both a Hervé

Souhaut Le Cessieux (pleasantly photobombing this 2004 Cornerstone Howell Mountain Cabernet) and the cab. My palate much prefers the Souhaut, but was too compromised by this point in the evening to allow me to fully appreciate one of my favorite producers.

Good times, good food, but more importantly good people – this is what life is all about!

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