TN: Superbowl weekend- bubbles, PN, CdR, CS, Melon, Gamay

With grilled chicken, ginger rice, and salad, the 2016 Navarro “ l' Anciene” Pinot Noir (unfiltered). Black raspberry, some spice, dec ent acids, not so long. B/B-
With salmon with herbs, bok choy, and soba, the 2016 Domaine de la Pirolett e Saint Amour. New producer to me, but label indicates its the Barbet family, so high expe ctations, and they are met. Beautiful and classic Beaujolais, black cherri es, flowers, some light mocha. Accessible but structured, bright acids, fin e tannins. A-/B+
Saturday I had some poke (no wine) in NYC before going to Betsy’s c oncert. Great concert (Ursula Oppens’s 75th birthday celebration). Reception/birthday party after, I had a plastic glass of “Cava 67 ” bubbly- a touch sweet, appley, simple. C+/C So not much of a wine night, but I saw a great concert, met Kathleen Battle , and had fun with friends.
Some friends joined us for Superbowl. Game, halftime, and commercials were weak, but food was strong.
Deviled eggs, green goddess dressing with crudites NV Camille Saves Rose Champagne My next to last bottle of a cheap grey market case, stunning QPR. Rainier c herry and strawberry, warm brioche, saline finish. Elegant mousse, excellen t length. A-
Korean shrimp cocktail 2015 Pepiere Les Gras Moutons Muscadet Chosen as an anti-Patriot statement. Quite gras for Muscadet, but with a ba ckbone, not my favorite vintage but good. B
2017 Navarro Dry Gewurztraminer Peach and lychee, just a touch of swetness, modest acids. B
Galbijan (short rib stew with veggies and rice cakes)Chinese broccoli
1989 Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Alive, but not very good. Red and black fruit, asphalt and ashtray, clipped finish. This was basically free as part of a mixed lot where I wanted some thing else. C/C+
2001 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone) Nice baby CdP. Redder fruit, some funk, smoke and spice. Drinking very well right now. B+/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 p arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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