TN: many wines, on patio and by river (Loire, Bojo, IT, Australia, Rhone, Burg)

Tuesday we grilled scallops and shrimp (along with a couple sardines for me), served over a lemon pasta, accompanied by a Caprese salad (a few tomatoes beat the blight), and the 2004 Cazin "Cuvee Renaissance" Cour-Cheverny. Maybe a bit more ripe/sweet than I hoped for the match, but went well overall. Citrus, ripe apple, a little apricot. Good length and mouthfeel. Excellent acidity. Maybe a half step behind the 96 and 02, but nice. B+
Wednesday is concert by the park night. At noon forecast was 50% chance of thunderstorm- would it be moved inside (we skip rather than go inside community center)? Some telephone tag with friends re alternate plans, but suddenly about 5 it started to clear and dropped chance of rain dramatically. Hurrah! Down to the river, where breeze was blowing and everything was lovely. Nice trio doing performances straight from transcriptions of classic jazz (mostly Oscar Peterson trio stuff, from both 50s and 70s). Betsy had made some delicious shrimp and herb summer rolls, Ron did grilled chicken, Nancy hummus and salad, Dolores all the snacky stuff. Other friends joined us at various times, and many wines were sampled: =A0
Whites 2008 Brun/Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Clean apple fruit, good focus, medium full on palate, nice clean Chardonnay. I recently saw posts that this was not a good vintage for this wine, but just fine by me. B/B+
2007 Drouhin St Veran In the clean Chard value sweepstakes, though, this edges the Brun. Citrus and apple/pear fruit, rich fruit but with vivid acidity, lively, I really like this at around $13. B+
Pinks 2008 Bisson "Ciliegiolo" (Golfo del Tigullio) Dry and crisp, strawberries and blood oranges, good length, nice wine. B+/B
2008 Ch. l'Ermitage rose Suffers from following the Bisson. I think this was Rhone, though it's sure not Hermitage! Cherries and strawberries, rather round, comes across as a little hot (didn't check). OK, not great. B-/C+
NV Zucchi Lambrusco di Sorbara Rosato Rose lambrusco is not common, but I enjoyed this last year, and again this night. Strawberries and cranberries, a little sweetness but also some nice contrasting bitterness. Popular all around, and first bottle to be emptied. B
Red 2007 Heartland Stickleback Red (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, and Grenache- first time I've ever heard of Australian Dolcetto). Sweet and soft style that isn't my favorite, but clean, well-done, and without apparent oak. Screwcapped and cheap, one could do worse. C+
2007 Michel Tete Julienas Fred had grabbed because it was named best value in yesterday's NYT Cru Beaujolais tasting panel. It is a very nice wine, nimble yet not really light, pleasant cherry fruit, straightforward, pleasing. I don't think I like it as much as the 05 and 06, however. B
Fun night, we stayed way past concert, till it was completely dark.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.=A0
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