A french man's nose...

Most of the Europeans are flying in today and we arranged to visit a 'french' restaurant called "The Left Bank" in Palo Alto where we let Eric Bezille, the only frenchman choose the wines. This was an excellent move; he found an American Chenin Blanc (Ballantines 2005), which was quite tasty and herby, an excellent french Vouvray and a Californian Pinot Noir, called Irony, which is one of the best I've drunk in California, lacking that meaty earthy taste which presages the mother of hangovers. I was able to crack my "mmmm, I get the taste of grape" joke, which most hadn't heard before so that was good. We may have to go back as the some of the other starters sound too good to miss.

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While you're out there, see if you can track down some Zinfandel from the Coturri vineyard. I went to a tasting up in Duncan's Mills when I was over there in 2003, and it's some of the best wine I've had while being pretty good value. As with most wine-producing countries, the US seems to keep the best stuff for themselves - I've never found it over here!

Posted by Dave Walker on September 25, 2006 at 07:12 PM PDT #

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