You might think that I only drink great wines. That it has to be the rarest or finest or I turn my nose up at it. Wrong.
I just got back from lunch at El Aljibe in Havana with my buddies Jay and Jose Antonio, and the 2006 Miguel Torres Curicó Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc hit the spot with my pan-fried red snapper with black beans, rice, tomato salad, and a few French fries. Sure, it wasn't Dagueneau or Cloudy Bay, but it's Cuba. And I'm not sure that a bottle of Domaine Leflaive premier cru white Burgundy would have blown me away at lunch anyway.
Some of the most memorable meals I have had have been simple ones, like today. I remember back in the late 1980s, going to a restaurant in Fleurie with executive editor Tom Matthews, and we had a great lunch of decadent coq au vin and plain pasta with a cool pitcher full of Beaujolais. The juicy Gamay cut straight through the chicken cooked in red wine, and the pasta was just as satisfying. I remember the owner kept on calling the pasta the "vegetable." There was nothing green on our plates!
Simple meals with good friends can be some of the best things in life. It¹s easy to forget. Though maybe that Leflaive would have been a better match with my pargo today. I'll have to ask the sommelier next time ...