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Enjoying Hedonism

Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Sep 12, 2006 3:51pm ET

Last night, my merry band of BYOB-loving wine geeks got together for our pseudo-monthly wine night, this time at Nice Matin. When we planned it, we realized it fell on Sept. 11, and we had a collective pause before agreeing to proceed, despite the anniversary.

It turned out to be a great idea. The restaurant was full, loud and boisterous. There were two other large parties there as well, and like us, they had a lot of wine on the table. I paused at one point yesterday to think about the events of five years ago. But I found much more solace later that evening in celebrating life, as did many others it seemed.

A few of us hung on until after midnight, and we couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that we used our empty magnum bottle of Cuvée Constance as a doorstop to let some of the cool night air into the restaurant. It was a hedonistic night, and I’m glad I did it.

And for the record, the wines were:

• Gosset Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Rosé
• Bernard Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Vide Bourse 2003
• St. Innocent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Seven Springs Vineyard 2004
• Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Yamhill County The Beaux Frères Vineyard 1999
• Albert Mann Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Steingrubler 1998
• Argiano Toscana Suolo 2000
• R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 1970
• Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron Pauillac 1993
• Château Gruaud-Larose St.-Julien 1990
• Viña Almaviva Puente Alto 2003
• S.A. Huët Vouvray Cuvée Constance 1995 (magnum)
• Osborne Tawny Port 20 Year Old
• Bodegas Olivares Monastrell Jumilla Dulce 2000

Tom Breneman
eau claire, WI —  September 12, 2006 10:35pm ET
Tell me about the Pichon-Baron 93??? I have 5 btls and think it's time to dump it.
James Molesworth
September 13, 2006 9:33am ET
Tom: The '03 Pichon-Baron was pretty green...not much going on there...
Sao Anash
Santa Barbara —  September 13, 2006 1:22pm ET
James,Nice entry. Indeed, sometimes celebrating life is the best way to learn from a tragedy.

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