January 5, 2015

Starting 2015 Off Right

I spent some time up north welcoming 2015 with family. New Year's Eve was done right with oysters from Island Creek Oysters harvested the day before and delivered overnight to your door. Duxbury's finest with Wellfleets and Island Creeks. Great oysters from the cold waters off Cape Cod, some of my favorites. Washing your oysters down with Krug is highly recommended.
One cannot go to CT and not eat Frank Pepe's legendary pizza at least once. It's holy grail pizza, regardless what you might hear, and there's none better for my palate.
We also made time for some good wine including a great 1970 Leoville Las Cases above the brilliant 1990 La Gaffeliere from Saint Emilion in Bordeaux pictured below.
1970 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is an amazing old-school California Cabernet at the age of 45. Thanks to my brother for keeping an eye out for my birth-year wines like this one.
We put New Year's Eve over-the-top by finishing off with a little Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Back before these developed the rampant cult status they have now, normal folks like us could afford to buy some for special occasions. Now that the 15 yr goes for $500+ and the 23yr is over $1000, we have to savor the stock we have left. Good bourbon. Worth the insane craze and prices? Most likely, no.
I don't know what it is about the New England area, but quite simply, some of the best beer comes from the area. Despite the good stuff we have down south, nothing comes close to the numerous brilliant beers coming out of the northeast. Last week, my brother turned me on to yet another brilliant beer, the Sip of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids. I used to think Heady Topper was a perfect beer, this beer has redefined perfect for me. Not sure a beer could ever taste better than this beer. Need more soon! I guess I've set a high bar for 2015, going to try my best to keep it going!

1 comment:

  1. Definitely a great time closing out 2014 and getting an epic start to 2015. Here's to keeping it going!