Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day

The wine was a Gloria Ferrer 2006 Blanc de Blanc from the Sonoma section of Carneros in northern California. Beautiful color, a good number of bubbles, a nose that was crisp with apple, mellow with a little melon and warm with some yeast.  Flavors in excellent balance with apples and pears playing a leading roll.  Oysters on the half shell, freshly opened with salt spray and seaweed and adorned only with a light grind of pepper and single drop of lemon juice.  Nice way to end the year.

Something I never thought I would marks thee start of the fifth year for this blog. 

Housekeeping stuff:

I don't rate wines, but I certainly love to drink them.  I love the way food and wine often compliment each other - and I find the times they don't to be almost as interesting.  This blog was a solution to answering friends' e-mails and phone calls in regard to "what are you drinking and cooking."  It seemed like the best way to answer those questions.  It's still fun so it isn't going away any time soon.

There really are two dogs, Scott and Doer, both Gordon Setters and they love the unusual things that often show up mixed in with their dog kibble.  On the right occasion a flamingo also might appear because thanks to the same friends mentioned above there is a sizable collection of "flamingo-ana" that has found its way to my doorstep over the years.

12.5% alcohol and $16 - a fantastic bargain.

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