- quiche with bacon and zucchini; spinach and red onion salad
- hamburgers & pretzel rolls; nappa and watercress salad
- mango tofu with red peppers; jasmine rice
- potato and sweet potato with spinach; blackened chiles and coconut milk
- short pasta with zucchini and freezer-pesto cream sauce
- challah for Yalda’s dinner gathering
- whole wheat berries for breakfast
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- tea and ginger simmered chickpeas; tamarind-garlic taro
- thai green curry with tofu, asparagus, and mushrooms; sticky rice
- baby potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary; black eyed peas with bacon
- puneri dal with rice
- moong dal with chiles and onion
- biscuits with sausage gravy
- quiche with zucchini and bacon
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- A. Lapostolle “Casa” Chardonnay 2007
- The most amusing note about this was that it tasted like “vomit and fruit.” It had an unwelcome bitterness. Most people found it unbalanced, inelegant at best.
- B. Ché-vere Cabernet Sauvignon Valle Central 2007
- B was for Boring, for most of us. Someone said it was like D but not as good; it was exactly as deep as the typical Che Guevara T-shirt wearer.
- C. Montgras Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 2006
- This was full of cherry flavor. One person remarked that it was well balanced, inoffensive, tame. Another called it simply “red.” It would be a good party wine.
- D. Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley 2005
- “Smooth” appears in three separate notes. Flavors of cacao, chocolate, with some bite – one person said “rubber cement, in a good way,” it has nice spice to it.
- E. Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere DO Peumo 2007
- Raspberry, herb, chocolate, plum. This was a well made, unmistakable Carmenere. Inky purple, full, and rich. One person did not like its lingering finish. This was my clear favorite.
- F. Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris Cochagua Valley 2007
- One note says “watered down martini,” another “mouthwash tang.” This had a nose of diesel on top of dirty melon rind.
- G. Montes “Classic” Chardonnay, DO Curico Valle 2008
- Classic indeed. Beautiful fruit, well integrated hint of oak. Nice acidity, crisp, went nicely with the crab dip. I would add that everything I have had from Montes is either very good or great.
- H. “Calcu” Blend Colchagua Valley 2007
- Cabernet Sauvignon .5 / Carmenere .3 / .15 Cab Franc / .05 Petit Verdot. Tart, tannic and tight. One person loved it, finding it Pinot Noir-like, peppery, spicy but light. Another way of putting this was “beef + caramel”.
- S. Origin Carmenere Central Valley 2008
- Well-liked, easygoing, straightforward and uncomplicated. This could tend to uninteresting depending on food pairing, but another good party wine here.
- T. Peralillo “Arenal” Carmenere Central Valley 2008
- Tight, tannic, leather, stone. This improved by being open and swirled around a bit. For anyone on the fence about it, I would say to try another bottle, this seemed to me slightly corked.
- V/W. Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon Central Valley 2008
- No one identified these two as being the same. I said one was “full, rich, cherry, chocolate” and the other a “neat blend.” It is in fact Cab .85 / Syrah .15. Many people noted fruit flavors like cherry, pomegranate, currant, blackberry.
- X. Urban Red Blend Maule Valley 2008
- .41 Merlot / .29 Cab Franc / .22 Carignan / .08 Cabernet Sauvignon was two people’s favorite. Called spicy, huge, long-lasting, “lips on fire” which I think refers to its 14% alcohol content.
- Y. Simone Special Reserve Carmenere Maule Valley 2008
- Very fruity, well made, nice finish; one person found it bland and dry though. A good expression of the grape.
- Z. Cono Sur Carmenere Colchagua Valley 2008
- Very assertive coffee flavor. Gregg’s alliterative adjective works best: zealous.
My ranking: E X G D VW Y H C S Z T A B F
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