Wine | A Fun Dinner

Spring kicked in officially this week in New York, so the idea of rose popped into my head. We started the evening with the Pascal Cotat Lot 2007 Chavignol Rose -- paired with pork rillettes from Dickson's Farmstand Meats and homemade smoked trout rillettes. The wine was lovely -- bright and minerally with lots of strawberries.

Next up was the Gravner 2002 Venezia Giulia Ribolla Gialla -- this just seems to be getting better and better. Less of the tannins - more integrated with delicious tart orange fruit.

Next up on the food front was slow cooked pork belly, roasted chicken with garlic and parsley, celeriac gratin, and roast spring vegetables.

While finishing up the Gravner, which worked well with both courses, we moved on to the Boasso 1999 Barolo Serralunga. This is aging nicely as well -- not too structured, but a good traditional barolo. I picked up a few of these after visiting Boassa back in 2007 and hadn't tasted it in a while. It's turning out wonderfully for the inexpensive price.

Our dinner guest (the wine importer Jose Pastor) brought along a wine from a producer I have been looking forward to trying: Arnot-Roberts. The Arnot-Roberts 2009 Syrah from the Alder Springs Vineyard is not your average California Syrah -- so I can see what everyone's raving about. You won't confuse it with old school French syrah, but then again, you won't automatically label it nasty California Syrah. Light, bright, balanced, almost delicate, fresh, slightly peppery.

It's always great when you can have friends over, open some wine, enjoy a lovely meal, and share interesting ideas. That's what it's all about.


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