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I sous-vided a double rib pork chops, seared it, and served with roasted vegetables and salad. Wine was the 2016 Rings Weilberg Trocken GG Pfalz. Powerful but with good acids, spicy, with ginger and white pepper notes over deep pear fruit. Impressive. B+
With gochujang Cioppino and kimchi Brussels Sprouts: NV (2015 base) Marguet Shaman 15 Rose Champagne. Pale, citrus and cherry, plenty of baked bread, both full and precise. Only bought 2, should have gotten more. A- 2016 Keller Von der Fels Bright and rocky, nice snappy wine. B+
Next night with oysters, leftover Champagne better than either Riesling. Then we had Flannery ribeye, baked potatoes, green beans, salad 1978 Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Mature, black and red cherry, cedar, a little herbal note. Solid old school CaliCab, if not especially complex. B+/B Sunday went to an annual pre-Valentine party, lots of nice food (I carried salad of chiogga beets, ricotto, arugula, and pumpkin seeds), lots of wines, not a geeky crowd 2017 Ch. La Canorgue (Luberon) I?ve had Cotes du Luberon before, but this just Luberon. Pretty ripe but not OTT, some tannins, riper red fruit with some underbrush and herb, could pass for serious CdR or an average CdP. B 2018 Martin Ray Sauvignon Blanc I didn?t know MR still existed. Actually not bad- mildly grassy, moderate acids, pear and peach fruit. B/B- 2016 Villa Roja Gavi di Gavi Wow, I can?t wait to get this out of my cup. Low acid, low flavor, and what flavor there is unattractive, with a cheesy lactic note. C-
2018 Chermette/Vissoux ?Les Champs-Grillés? Saint-Amour This is pretty ripe, all framboise fruit, some structure. Juicy but not complex at moment. Does it need time, or is it just too warm a vintage? B now , could go either way
Betsy made an incredible La Tour d?Argent recipe of scallops with sunchoke puree and artichoke, I fell down on my job by opening the 2006 Remi Jobard ?Le Poruzot Dessus? Meursault Fat, oaky, and spineless, no oxidation but who cares. C+/B-
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. 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.