As the evening winds down, you could hear people humming The 4 Season's "Oh What A Night" as people said their goodbyes....full, sated....close but not quite wined out.
But let's start from the beginning...Join us vicariously as I review another perfect evening with great friends, food, and wines! Because...THAT is what wine night is all about.
When God created Heaven and Earth....He also created Grapes....and thus...Wine was Born! And for that we are eternally grateful.
Tonight was California Cabernet Night.......and Wine Night began as all wine nights do, with the arrival of people AND FOOD! Somehow, we need to get the food thing right. Either that, or invite another 20 or so people. I'm sure we will keep trying.
Appetizers and mains and desserts and wines! OH what a SPREAD!
Tonight our group was joined by special guests and (newer) friends, Xochitl and Barry Maiman....just another one of my Internet pick-ups. Yes, I am known for trolling wine lovers on the Internet! Also joining us was (non wine drinker and son) Brian....he may not drink...but he CAN eat!
The anticipation has been building (and as You the reader has been wondering), WHAT were the wines? And WHAT was in bag #5???
Napa seemed to rule the night with four entries:
Arns 1995 Cabernet...this could only be from Paul and Ellen, who as always, reach deep down into their extensive cellar, to contribute something unique and unobtainable.
Cade 2007 Howell Mountain...from Dana and Matt.
Daou 2010 Estate Soul of a Lion...from Mike and Pamela
what's this..another Daou! 2011 Reserve Cabernet from Don and Lynn
O'Shaughnessy 2004 Howell Mountain from Xochitl and Barry
Robert Sinskey 2004 from Jacqueline.
So many distinctive, interesting, tantalizing wines....but tonight NAPA ruled!
But WAIT! There's MORE! Dessert!!! YES! The dessert competition we have been waiting for! A mouthwatering flourless chocolate cake by Jacqueline (and an impromptu chocolate meringue that was totally mouth watering), and a DARK chocolate caramel tart with hazelnuts and espresso, provided by Xochitl...who also provided the perfect accompaniment: Roxo 2008 Paso Melange, a port style blend of Cab Franc, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon...
8 bottles of wine, great food, great friends, lots of laughs.....what more could you wish for?
And another wine night comes to a close. Thank YOU wonderful friends.....looking forward to the next time we can eat and drink and laugh and simply enjoy life together!
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