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New Year's Eve (2016) and New Year's Day (2017) Wine & Other...

Posted by Really Big Al, Dec 31, 2016.

So what wine or other special beverage are you having tonight to celebrate the coming year?  We have a nice 2010 Barnett wine open right now, serving this with a grilled steak shortly.  Later tonight I'll open up a sparkling wine to ring in the New Year.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 31, 2016.

I'm thinking along the same red wine lines, Al.

It has been drizzling here all day, and, darn, it's cold.  No worries, though, the parade isn't until Monday.  By then, the skies will be sunny and clear.  The San Gabriel Mountains will be looking beautiful on TV.  Several million snow-bound parade watchers back in Paul and Al country will ask, "Why am I putting up with this snow stuff.  I'm moving to someplace where it doesn't snow."

And another mass migration will start.

Anyway, a cold, drizzly day begs for a hearty dinner, and Peggy is making beef stew.  How can I go wrong with this:

 

This one starts out with a nice introduction of currant on the tip of the tongue.  There is noticeable tannin pucker, but that give the wine some substance.  As the wine moves back under the palate, you can see that this is, clearly, one of those wines that offer layers of sensory experience.  Under the rear palate there is a sensation (not really a taste) of leather, or tobacco or powered chocolate.  On the finish the fruity sensation returns.

So, Al, are you going to have a New Years Day thread?  I'm pretty jazzed about Mrs. EMark's plan for tomorrow.  If all goes to plan, a New Years Day tradition/mythology is going to be respected in Diamond Bar.

:-)

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 31, 2016.

Beef stew sounds delicious.  That 2012 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon should fit the bill nicely.  My steak was tasty and Sandra ended up grilling a piece of salmon. 

No 'New Year's Day' wine thread is anticipated, as I will be riding the Harley tomorrow morning for the 'Wind Chill Ride'.  It will be just above freezing when I depart, but I have a heated seat on my Harley touring bike.

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Reply by outthere, Dec 31, 2016.

I grilled some hanger steaks, made brown rice, broccolini and a salad. We had leftover wines from the past few days. It's 7p, dishes are done and we're headed upstairs for bed. We're officially old! Happy New Year peeps. I'm out.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 31, 2016.

Seriously?  You're going to bed at 7 PM on New Year's Eve?  I think you have other things in mind....

Just opened our sparkling wine to make sure it's tasty enough for midnight consumption.  It is tasty enough.

 

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Reply by GregT, Dec 31, 2016.

No idea yet but I have a 96 Borgogno and a 2004 Mastrojianni that I'm thinking about since I'm making pizza and have some truffle cheddar that I will probably use.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 1, 2017.

Happy New Year!

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Reply by rckr1951, Jan 1, 2017.

Shit - "darn, it's cold" - we had steak cooked on an open fire tri-pod. A bunch of wine (I'll post that tomorrow as I am inebriated right now and don't care.), 2 trips to the fire pit - the last one being our annual New Years Eve bonfire and bubbly drink until your toes freeze fest.  My dog included.

Let's just say it's 9df with a steady 10-12 mph wind - it's not the temp - it's the wind.  Damn it's cold! - LOL.

Post script - Oh, one last thing, as age has taken it's grip we celebrate EDT, not CDT and believe this - I worked the last 2 days outside to set up the pit and the  tri-pod and prepping wood and 4 of 6 attendees WALKED!

 

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Reply by MJET, Jan 1, 2017.

Happy New Year! No wine tonight! Cheers! 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jan 1, 2017.

Hope everyone is feeling ok this New Year's morning!

A little fuzzy (kind of like this pic) but not too bad here. Had about 20 friends over last night as is our tradition. A great way to start a new year.

Just a couple of the casualties from last night.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 1, 2017.

I was a bit tired, having to get up at 0645 for a motorcycle ride.  This is the annual Wind Chill Ride with the local Fairfax HOG (Harley's Owners Group).  We did about 120 miles total this morning.  

How was that Roederer Estate sparking wine from Anderson Valley?  We loved their Pinot Noir back when we visited the winery in 2013.  I know the Limerick Lane is a good one.  Looks like the other bottles are nice ones too.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 1, 2017.

Sandra cooked a turkey (another New Year's Day tradition, as we pick up an extra frozen turkey around Thanksgiving real cheap) for our enjoyment tonight.  We paired it with this 2010 Barnett Pinot Noir.  Life is better than good.

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Reply by EMark, Jan 2, 2017.

Thanks, Al, for giving me a New Years Day place to post this.

For dinner, tonight, my wonderful wife is going to make something I've never had but have been wantint to try--Shrimp and Grits.  In addition, just to pander to one New Years mythology, we're going to have Blackeye Peas.   Does this all sound Southern, or what?

With the sweet shrimp I'm thinking this might be good.

 

It's nice to get out of the Chardonnay for any white wine routine. This CB has a pretty big furity nose.  On the tongue I'm getting papaya, kiwi, peach and lemon.  (I did say "fruity.")  There is some stoniness that gives it a neutral will-go-with-lots-of-food characteristic.  Acid makes it refreshing, but does not go anywhere near "tart."  

:-)

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jan 2, 2017.

Mark, all your missing is some collard greens and a slight drawl.

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Reply by EMark, Jan 2, 2017.

Mark, all your missing is some collard greens and a slight drawl.

LOL

We actually came close on the greens.  We had steamed rapini.  It's green and leafy and bitter.

The drawl probably won't happen.

I should add that my first experience with Shrimp & Grits was awesome.  I'm not sure how "authentic" our recipe was.  It seemed more Mediterranean than Southern.  With the Blackeye Peas, though, we're good to go in 2017.

;-)

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Reply by rckr1951, Jan 4, 2017.

Sorry these are late, couldn't find the charging station for my camera.  So...New Years Eve:

Our midnight celebration, our dog usually goes in when it gets really cold, but he stayed put with us till we went in.  Sorry the cooking pics didn't turn out - using the metal rat guard really helps in the winter.

Some of the wines:

The '09 Puerto Alicante was a big surprise - very good, cherries, some dark berry fruits, chocolate, mellow tannins and good acidity. The Norton was BIG, but they usually are and that's the way I like them, big. balanced and lengthy.

 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 4, 2017.

Another Roederer Estate sparkling wine?  That must be more than a coincidence.  How was the Roederer Estate?

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Reply by rckr1951, Jan 4, 2017.

I've enjoyed their wines for many years - mostly chardonnay, it is full of apple, a little nutiness, with hints of rose petal and great acidity.  at 11% alc it's not overbearing and has a very satisfying finish that has good length.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 4, 2017.

Thanks.  I may need to look for one of those.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jan 4, 2017.

Al, Roederer Estate is a HUGE production wine.  BevMo and TotalWine should have it.  The Hermitage is the grand cuvee and a good value as well, but around $45 vs. $20 or less for the regular. 

Not going to post photos at this late date, but our NYE wines were a Prosecco called Italian Fox that I bought for the obvious silly reason.  It was pretty good, a little sweet, kind of like a sparkling riesling in an apple-y way.  The kids liked it.  They are teens so we let them have a little.  They were acting kind of funny later.  We followed that with a 2006 Ramey Larkmead CS that I bought as a Mystery Wine from Garagiste.  It had really hit stride and was fantastic with the awesome stuffed, rolled flatiron steak the wife made.  We bought the meat from Clove and Hoof, our very local butcher, and I have nothing but great things to say about their quality.  Prices are high, but they also cut deals for me when I buy bigger pieces, like the bistecca and a rib roast (they knocked about 1/3 off that one) I bought from them.  They dry age a minimum of 21 days and often more, and they dress the sides of beef in the shop, so you can get anything you want if you give them some notice.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jan 4, 2017.

C'mon down Al, we have a few bottles of Roederer left.

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