Monday, July 27, 2009

A fine time was had by all who came to the the home of the 'hosts with the most' Herky & Gabrielle. They have such a beautiful setting for a party.
The rain started us indoors, but soon let up so we could move outside to a gorgeous sunset. The theme was California wines. Great food, great wines, great company, great party!!!

Dan & Kathy brought a bottle of Domaine Chandon White Star Champagne matched with Kathy's outstanding Shrimp Ceviche.

Dave & Lynda presented a 2005 Arrowood Viognier, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley with some delicious crab claws.

Laura & Frank served up a 2007 Rombauer Chardonnay with some grilled seared tuna with a soy/ginger/garlic dip that was a perfect match.

Jim [Kim was in New York] brought a bottle from boutique Wendell Vineyards [less than an acre!] Santa Rita Hills 2005 Pinot Noir that he & Kim really loved when they first tried it. It is made from 60 year old vines. He made salmon in philo dough with leeks, tarragon & some rosted aspargus that we fought over to get the last piece. YUMMY!!!

Ann & Rodger brought a terrific 'story' wine -- the Melka Vineyards 1997 CJ Vineyards [after their two children] Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Ann's fantastic carmelized onion/goat cheese/tenderloin panini's toasted on her George Foreman grill were a great wine/food pairing that was praised by all.

Out on the porch overlooking the Ohio River, Herky & Garielle uncorked a magnum of 2002 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon that went extremely well with a leg o' lamb & polenta with walnuts that melted in yoru mouth.

They followed up with a sauterne from Chateau Coutet & Greenbrier peaches that left everyone ooh-ing & ahh-ing.

Thanks to the Leaches for a terrific 4 Seasons Summer Wine party on the river!


Dan O'Hanlon said...

Frank Gilliam wrote:
Herk and Gabriele,
Thanks for adding another splendid gathering to our on-going list of excellent get-togethers. Your generosity (a Caymus magnum—are you serious?!?) was more than appreciated. It is indeed an understatement to say that Laura and I enjoyed ourselves. And to the rest of you, simply superb wines and crazy-good food! Thanks to all for a fabulous summer’s evening.

PS Thanks also to Judge-meister for keeping up such a cool blog. My wine-bro in Chapel Hill has visited it several times, and is much impressed with everything.

Dan O'Hanlon said...

Kathy O'Hanlon added:
Well put, Frank!

Great evening! And Dan’s blog let’s us all re-live the joy of great people, excellent food, and superb (over-the-top – really!) wines.

Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful evening. K

Dan O'Hanlon said...

Lynda Holup emailed:
All: I told Herk yesterday at the Y that we thought there was a harmonic convergence that happened Sat night! It was such fun.

Lynda & Dave

Dan O'Hanlon said...

Lynda Holup wrote again:
Danno - thanks for sending the blog along. Dave and I really enjoyed your narrative, music and pictures! Wonderful memories of a very special evening.

Lynda & Dave

Dan O'Hanlon said...

Rodagr Blake added:
A wonderful evening. We enjoyed the food, wine and company. A very special evening.


Dan O'Hanlon said...

Jim Becker wrote:
Thanks so much for documenting the activities of this group! The gang set a standard that will be hard to match. You got some great photos with the I-phone. Kim really missed a fine tasting.
Hope to see you soon,

Dan O'Hanlon said...

Ann Conjura felt:

What a great record of the event! The pictures were fantastic. We really appreciate the work you put into the blog. That was just wonderful evening in every way.

Have a nice week,

Dan O'Hanlon said...

Kathy O'Hanlon emailed:
Dan - Thanks to YOU! Delightful! Just re-lived the whole evening!!! K