here was the evening selection- from Chevalier Fine Wines
we drank them in reverse order - youngest to oldest and they were classic examples of how differing vintages create different wines (this despite being the exact same property, soil - terroir year after year.)
the menu -
the food was very good (except we never got our treats at the end despite waiting more than 30 minutes after the cheese course plates were removed) - I especially liked the cheese course. (and thought of our friend Mon who always prefers cheese to dessert)- Sheila joined us for the entire event and Mary came around the time of the entree just to hang out with us. An excellent evening for all. Thanks to Chevalier Fine Wines for sponsoring the event!
And one of the things we discussed was the scheduling of the moving of the cellar from our house and into Sheila's space during her cellar renovation... potential buyers apparently see no reason to have a cellar for 2500 or so bottles in a house with limited storage space... so on the real estate agent's recommendation - we had it removed yesterday and now it is moving to Sheila's house split unit refrigeration and all... a photo of the hearts of redwood shelving that creates double diamond storage bins.... :-(
so we continue on with the process of "selling" the house... if I say it has been a huge aggravation - I am really seriously understating it. New construction in our neighborhood is selling for 50% more than our list price for roughly the same square footage but buyers want the house to be pristine as if it were new construction, without paying for it. Instead they would be getting a house built in 1903 and rehabbed completely in 1997... And we have had little interest, despite everyone saying to us, when we said we were selling to downsize. "Oh it will sell immediately - it's such a great house!".... so yes we are seriously aggravated. And it is a terrific house for entertaining and for folks who work from home. It is not a house for "growing families" LOL... this is a house for adults with a social life. So send them over! LOL...
here's the blurb on it-
"Gracious Andersonville/Bowmanville beauty is sure to impress! Meticulously maintained & upgraded, this show-home feels brand new & features: open concept main floor leading to spectacular ipe wood deck w/ retractable awning & bluestone patio. 2nd floor has 2 huge bedroom suites + sunny alcove. 3rd level w/ vaulted ceilings & 2 more br/office areas. Perfect for people/artists who work from home.
maybe next spring.... I guess I should have more sympathy for the Cubs LOL....
and now- back to Odessa and the trip to Eastern Europe.... there's plenty more- after I finish Odessa I am gong to get to the majority of our time on the trip - which was Romania...a beautiful country with much to offer those who visit!