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Most of our friends are eaters and drinkers and talkers and thinkers. So we never miss a chance to get their input on which cheeses work well with Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese. Today we learned that Mahon Reserve, an aged Spanish cow's milk cheese, is a winner. The two aged sheep's milk cheeses we sampled (Manchego and Zamorano) were distant runners up. We've added Mahon Reserve to our Eating/Drinking hall of fame cheese selection, and happily continue the hunt.
Ethereal salmon with étoile rosé...hmmmm
This, Napa's only winery-owned restaurant, is worth getting dressed up for. Like our other haute cuisine favorite in Napa Valley, La Toque, étoile at Domaine Chandon is a special occasion unto itself. With our good friends and fellow DC alums, the Dyers and the Forbes, last night we reveled in the agreeable surroundings and the customs acquired long ago in this very restaurant. To wit: plenty of étoile rosé, a lovely estate Chardonnay and a magnum of 1986 Mt. Veeder Cabernet from our cellar to accompany the inspired menu created by talented young chef Perry Hoffman. His first Michelin star will surely soon be followed by another. And another.
Last night's tasting - Villa Ragazzi's début in the public tasting world - at Back Room Wines in downtown Napa, was a lot of fun! Thanks to all who attended, many of them Women for WineSense members honoring the wines of co-founders (Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores and yrs truly). I really should get out more...
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