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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Birthday Burgundy

Yesterday was Mr. Wonderful's birthday.  Which one?  Well, let's agree that after 45 they are all significant and preferable to the alternative.  We merely hope that we are another year wiser, more compassionate, and generally speaking better human beings than the year(s) prior.

Mr. W & I drove to La Jolla for a day of art gallery wandering, window shopping and a nice, long, late lunch at the La Valencia hotel.  We watched the ocean waves and lingered over a goat cheese cheesecake birthday-cake with strawberries "tatar" spiced with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Interesting.  

As for his official birthday present, I gave Mr. Wonderful Clive Coates' book on the wines of his favorite region -- Burgundy.  Louis XIV was said to drink a bottle of Nuits St. George every night.  Given the hygiene standards in the 1600-1700s and the fact that he was the longest living French king ever [Louis XIV lived to age 77] says a lot for the benefits of Burgundian red wine.

To go with the book, we opened a bottle of 1999 Faiveley, Latricières-Chambertin, Grand Cru.  Mr. Wonderful decanted it and tasted.  He pronounced it very fine.  I tasted it and said I thought it had turned.  So, there was more of the '99 Faiveley for him and I switched to Veuve Clicquot.  It was, as they say in nouveau corporate-speak, a "win-win."

For more about Faiveley, go here.  For more about Veuve-Clicquot, go here.  For more about Nuits St. George, go here.  Better yet:  go to your favorite wine store!

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