Initially, the plan was to hold a tasting with Eric. But he never responded to the e-mail chains on where we would host it, and oddly no one else wanted to nudge him for answers. Finally, we decided to just have L+M over for wine and a simple home-cooked meal. On the spur of the moment, we asked the Rs over too, when we saw them over scotch on Thursday evening. Moments after, Eric finally responded, apologizing for the radio silence and asking if we could go over to his place instead, because he didn’t want to find a baby sitter. But since we had already invited the Rs, we had to take a raincheck with Eric. Then, at literally the last minute, L+M had to bow out.
But given all the scheduling confusion, the evening turned out beautifully. We decided on impulse to roast some turkey breast and stuffing to go with the wines, and the Rs made a lovely butternut squash soup to complement the Thanksgiving-like meal. For dessert, I baked apple crumble, and Aaron had picked out a generous selection of stinky cheeses and sausages. We spent the evening comfortably sprawled in front of the dining table, drinking a 2009 Capiaux Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2008 B.R. Cohn North Coast Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Bussolla Amaraone Della Valpolicella Classico (which was sweet and smooth but seemed lacking in backbone), and 2009 Dusted Valley Tall Tales Syrah.