Thursday, August 22, 2013

we start celebrating Steve's birthday

last night we went to Goosefoot with Steve and Suzanne to start the celebration of his birthday... being the beginning of the week leading to his actual birthday was reason enough to indulge so we readied our wines and headed off for culinary bliss - provide by Chris and Nina Nugent at their amazing restaurant Goosefoot.

before we left home we started with a little bubbly:

here is the menu:

Then here are the courses with some of the wines along the way:

the amuse - a golden beet with a hint of goat cheese....

the first wine-

we have had three of the same wines 2002 C-M Morgeot so far (another one for tonight) but this has been the clear winner - but of course it would be since it is a monopole...

the scallop course:

another guest came by and dropped off some lovely Chablis -

one of my favorites the garlic custard in the egg shell-

another C-M since we were sharing now with the other table - we went to bottle number two the back up - which was good but not quite as good as the first - and LOL it was blurry  - only kidding it was my photography skills in fail mode - LOL

the "to die for" soup -

the salmon- perfectly prepared but I think the esplette overwhelms it-

and here is the wine we started with for the reds- I think we all agreed that it was the wine of the night! a fabulous burgundy - perfectly balanced between fruit and acidity- really superb!

the farm egg course - another favorite...

the meat (filet) course- and the wine we matched it with - the 1982 Leoville Las Cases which was showing nicely but no match for the burgundy in the wine slap down....LOL

the cheese course- oh YUM!

the pomegranate and yuzu palate cleanser

the dessert wine- a 1990 Y'Quem which had an aged label and also was kind of showing some age (unexpectedly)

the fruity dessert-

the chocolate dessert-

after some of the glasses had been removed and we had a bit more elbow room-

the end note- a Chinese goose berry dipped in chocolate-

and finally- yes sadly-  the evening ends and we say our goodbyes to Chris and Nina and leave with our empty wine boxes and carriers and head home - only to be planning for tonight's wines as we continue the birthday celebration.

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