Wine tasting can sometimes be counter-productive to blogging, at least in the short term. Pictured above, three reasons why I’ve been mostly absent from the internet this week. This handsome trio in the photo capped an epic Tuesday evening, which began with a blind tasting of 2007 California Pinot Noir (Kosta Browne, Papapietro Perry, Chasseur, and three others; my full report to follow next week). Before this throw-down of mailing-list Pinot, I had already spent the entire day touring Napa wine country with my friend Jean-Marie, who is currently visiting California from Europe.
It had been a pleasure to host someone who shares my same passion for wine, but with an Old World perspective. Jean-Marie’s last official gig was a three-year stint as lead sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey in Chelsea (that’s a three-Michelin joint, for those keeping score). On Tuesday, we visited Ehlers, Failla, and Stony Hill, along with a couple others (my choices, also for those keeping score). As for the three heavyweights in the photo above, they were supplied by the one Geoff Harner of Mosher Imports. Each wine was terrific, as was expected. Along the way, bottles of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs were expertly sabered by Dianne. Ah, Napa.