May 26, 2009

French Laundry Menu

Had some friends over for dinner Sunday night.
Cooked primarily out of my handy-dandy French Laundry cookbook .

Got distracted and didn't take many pics, so use your imagination.

With Thyme-Buttered Popcorn:

N.V. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Blue Top Premier Crus Brut - France, Champagne (5/25/2009) My wife bought this for me, Sat was our anniversary...Floral notes. Pear and hints of butterscotch. Crisp and clean. Delicious with the thyme-buttered popcorn. At Kroger for $30ish.

With Mussels and Sauce Gribiche over Toasted Baguette:

2007 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer- USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (5/25/2009)Just delicious. Nose screams tropical fruit. Palate is beautifully floral, fruity, and crisp. Wonderful lift on the palate from the acidity. Navarro is not found locally, but a great little winery that cranks out delicious whites.

With Truffle Mac and Cheese and Roasted Beets and Arugula Salad:
2005 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (5/25/2009) Nose shows dark cherry, cola. Palate is thick with ripe fruit, it's almost too much. Little bit of acidity helps. It's a big pinot. Not really my style anymore, but I can see the market. Costs way more than its worth. Trust me. Save your $75 for shoes, or your kids' college fund. Something!

Sea Bass over Spinach and Parsnips Puree in Saffron-Vanilla Cream Sauce.

2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (5/25/2009)Big and rich. Syrah like. Dark and brooding. Lots of dark cherry and oak. Loaded with fruit at every turn. If you're lucky to know someone on the KB list (my buddy is), these are fun pinots. Fruited up and ready to party.

2004 Château Rieussec - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes (5/25/2009)From .375. Deep golden color. Nose of honey and green apple. Loaded with hazelnut and toffee on the palate. Refreshingly youthful, a beauty of a sweet one with which to finish. Good night.


  1. French Laundry Cookbook!
    That is no easy task.
    Great seeing you in the blog world.

    BTW, I'm gonna need a new wine "advisor" once Dirty heads to the west coast.


  2. Rowdy one. We need to do a dinner. You cook, I cook, we can combine forces and take over the universe as we know it.
    I am here as a willing stand-in when our dirty one departs for the big time.

  3. You don't need to stand-in- Dennis is man! The palate w/ the mallet!