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What are you serving for Christmas

Posted by RandyFisher, Dec 24, 2017.

A normal topic for christmas time that is missing this year. I have an 2009 Mont Redon CdP that I'll serve with prime rib. I'm really looking forward to it.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 24, 2017.

That sounds nice.  We'll bring a red and a white wine to my wife's parents house for Christmas tomorrow.  Probably a white from our local Stone Tower Winery (Virginia) and a red from Duckhorn (Napa).

In fact, I just went to our wine cellar and brought up the two bottles.  The white goes into the fridge now and the red sits on the counter.  Tonight we are heading into Washington DC to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.  This time we shall stay in the city at a nice hotel - The Willard.  Should be nice.

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 24, 2017.

Congats on the anniversary date Al & Sandra.  Enjoy this night and many more.

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 24, 2017.

My son's company (Sub Zero) usually gives out hams.  Usually Artisan hams that are different, pre-cooked and generally make regular store bought hams look silly.  This year will be no less, but the interesting thing about this is the only instruction - "Cook slowly and lowly until top and sides are blackened."

My wife and son are leaving the kitchen to me.  Won't decide on a wine until 2 hrs into the process to pair with the profile of the ham.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 24, 2017.

Well, we sucked it up and went to Costco on Friday.  What a zoo.  We bought a red snapper, which we had on Friday, some mussels, which we had, last night, and a rib roast, which will be our Christmas dinner.  I haven't picked the wine for Christmas, yet, but, more than likely, it will be a CS with a few years on it.

Congratulations to you and Sandra. Al, on your anniversary.  Is it today--Christmas Eve?

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 25, 2017.

This year seem to be channeling my Swedish grandfather (rather than my grandmother who was a better cook). Warm cherry soup, homemade gravlax with homemade sourdough rye bread and sour cream and chives, Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables. Two desserts: apricot/pineapple pie, and fresh pineapple with tapioca pudding cooked with real vanilla beans (the guy always looked for excuses to eat pineapple). Will be sitting down to it in a couple of hours (already the 25th over here). Small group of my daughters and a couple of friends.

Stimulated by a conversation with JD, and the range of flavors in the menu, will be cracking some C9dP and probably some sherry and riesling before it. Maybe even some Islay scotch (in honor of my other grandfather, whose family came from there) with any leftover cheese afterwards (thinking about it, nobody on either side of the family was lactose intolerant). Will decide which labels and vintages in a few moments as I paw through the cellar....

My congratulations, too, Al, for you and Sandra. The Willard sounds nice.

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 25, 2017.

Happy anniversary Al and Merry Christmas to all. 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 25, 2017.

Thanks for the anniversary thoughts.  We had a wonderful time last night in the district.  It took some time to get checked in, as they were behind in getting the rooms ready and we wanted one with a view of the Washington Monument.  For waiting they comp'ed us two glasses of champagne, which we drank at their crowded bar (lots of folks were waiting for rooms).  This morning it was very quiet in the lobby, like night and day!  Anyway, dinner at the nearby steakhouse was tasty, and that got us another free glass, this time some type of sparkling wine.  We only bought a half-bottle of a Bordeaux wine; the same one we bought last year.  Our visit to the National Christmas tree was good too.  Cold but no significant rain.  I surprised a guy who was playing the sax with a $20 donation.  I was in a good mood.  :-)

Hope everyone enjoys the day, and some wine gifts get posted here.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 25, 2017.

EM - You make me laugh so hard sometimes.  "Well, we sucked it up and went to Costco on Friday".  Yes, Christmas Eve is our anniversary.  And you know what?  There was a wedding couple in the lobby of the Willard last night, so they too were married on Christmas Eve.  We met the photographer this morning in the elevator.  He confirmed their wedding date.  He was amazed we have been married so long.  If he only knew how wonderful Sandra is, the question would be why didn't you propose sooner?

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Reply by EMark, Dec 25, 2017.

Al, we are now now only retired, but we are retired from the entire stress of the holiday season.  So, yes, I did have to "suck it up" to go to Costco three days before Christmas.  It, actually, went reasonably well.  We parked in front of the closed up Sports Chalet and walked a few extra steps to the entrance.  To aggravate the entire situation, I decided to return the ill-fitting belt that I'd bought about a month ago.  That wasn't my best idea, but Peggy started shopping while I stood in the "Returns" line.  It was hilarious, there were people in line with an entire cart full of return items.  This is like Nordstrom.  I negotiated the return and set out to find Peggy.  I found her waiting for me with her cart parked next to the holiday fruit cakes.  She figured she would not be in anybody's way next to the fruit cakes.  I found about a dozen bottles of wine for us and we headed for the check-out.  That went really well.  Every machine was staffed and people seemed to understand that, yes, the cashiers know their jobs and, yes, you do have to pay for this.

Flushed with success, we then proceeded to Trader Joe's.  I was pretty sure this would be an even bigger challenge.  Sure enough, the parking lot was completely jammed.  So, I dropped Peggy off and just orbited for a while.  On the third orbit a miracle happened--a spot no more than fifty feet from the store entrance.  Life is good.  In Trader Joe's of course is all the little darlings pushing around little carts with "Future Trader Joe's Customer" flags, and driving them into my shins.  So cute.

Anyway, to the task at hand.  Here is tonight's wine pick.

 

It's too bad Outthere and Foxall are hanging around here, these days. It seems to me that they were big fans of this winery.  So am I.  This is just a giant mouthful of a wine.  Stewed prunes, tobacco, slate.  But then, still very serious tannin.  You can tell this is a Spring Mountain District Cab.  I'm not sure there are enough years in my life for this one to settle down.  Can't wait to have it with tonight's prime rib.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 26, 2017.

Once our Christmas activities at my in-laws were over (around 5 PM), we headed back home and elected to go on a walk.  We needed to deliver a bottle of wine to our favorite neighbors, the ones that we share wine dinners with periodically throughout the year with.  They had left this 2014 California Pinot Noir at our door on Christmas Eve, so it spent the night in the cold sub-freezing air.  The wine didn't freeze, so I hope it's ok.  We dropped off the 2014 Canvas Back bottle (Duckhorn experiment with Washington fruit) and of course they invited us in for a small glass of wine that they were serving to relatives.  Back home, Sandra continued her walk for a bit longer while I started a fire and opened this nice 2013 Margaux bottle that I had in my wine fridge.  Most of that is still in there, as we certainly had a lot of wine on this Christmas day!

Oh, you can see where our grand daughter's interests were while opening Christmas presents.  She was totally focused on her iPad.  Our son Tom probably encourages this as he is a gamer too - he's the one that owns a gaming store, Curio Cavern.

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Reply by duncan 906, Dec 26, 2017.

Really Big Al ;- I have had and enjoyed two wines from Chateau Tayac in Margaux but not the 'Grande Vin' illustrated in your picture.I did write up reviews on here. Incidentally, there is another 'Chateau Tayac' on the Cotes de Bourg on the right bank as well although I have not had any of their wine.. I have just returned to London from our family gathering at my neice's house down in Portsmouth.I gave her a box of wines and two were served with her Xmas lunch [traditional roast turkey];a Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Cuvee Maelie from Domaine Jean Tardy et fils 2010 and a Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny-les-Beaune 2011.Only three of us were drinking red and opinion was divided as to which was the better bottle of Burgundy.The two white wine drinkers had an Australian chardonnay/pinot grigio blend frm Hardys that somebody else provided

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 26, 2017.

Duncan - I should probably decant the remaining wine in my Grande Vin bottle.  It's very nice right out of the bottle, but I bet it will be even better after an hour in the decanter with a steak tonight.  We'll see.  

We did enjoy several bottles in Burgundy when we toured there in 2015 on a Viking River Cruise.  It was fun to find wines in town and then bring them on-board to be opened (no corkage fee) and shared with other guests.  My web site documents that trip down the Rhone river and the extension to Nice.  

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Reply by outthere, Dec 27, 2017.

I cooked up a Flannery Rib Roast and popped some vino. Fun time was had. Glad it’s over though, getting life back to normal.

 

And a few shots.

 

Cheers

 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 27, 2017.

Tasty meal.  I see some excellent wines there - which was your favorite?

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Reply by EMark, Dec 27, 2017.

Dinner looks pretty good, OT.  Actually, your plate looked similar to mine.

You know what a "baby killer" I am, but I've been holding off on my Weil-a-Way Expositions.  Can I start looking at them?

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Reply by outthere, Dec 27, 2017.

Keep looking at them. Just don’t pull the cork. Seriously young. Well you can pull the cork if you want but you’ld probably wish you didn’t. The Riverain was singing, the Sequoia Grove was delicious, Carter extremely young but voluptuous.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 27, 2017.

Thanks, Bud.

Best wishes for the new year.

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 28, 2017.

How many shots is 'a few'? And I take it you like your meat still kickin'.  ;-)   And who's that drinkin' beer rather than that excellent wine?  

Looks like a very Merry Christmas. And a Happy New Year to you, Brian, and everyone else here.

Haven't had any Sequoia Grove. Flavor profile, etc.?

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Reply by outthere, Dec 28, 2017.

My Son is a beer drinker.

The Sequoia Grove was spicy and herbal taking on aspects of the mountan vineyard. Tasty.

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Reply by bostonlobsterman, Dec 28, 2017.

The venison was truly excellent. Served with a quite acceptable but not memorably outstanding Malbec. Nothing tastes better than the fish you caught yourself.

 

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