By popular demand, from the popular demanders, the 3rd Annual Furniture in the Yard is scheduled! For the uninitiated, the name is because I moved all the furniture in my house to my yard two years ago for the party because I have no yard furniture. I still have no yard furniture. Needless to say, as much as there will remain more furniture in my house this year, there will be a lot of furniture from my house in my yard!!!!!
Theme has changed to Global 90+ on Wine Spectator including a couple previous favorites. Here is the list:
2010 Montinore Estate Müller-Thurgau . Unranked. Willamette. $14.98. This Müller-Thurgau is our most approachable wines, and one that continues to convert many a wine drinker to this German grape varietal. It’s too difficult to find this varietal in the States, especially with the perfect balance of crisp acidity paired with a softening sweetness that this wine features. Pale gold color with green tints, aromas of grapefruit, flowers and fresh herbs with hints of anise. The wine offers fresh citrus flavor with intriguing subtle notes of lavender, tarragon and wildflowers. The finish is slightly sweet with fresh citrus and herbal notes.
2010 Erath Pinot Gris. WS89. Willamette. $12.84. Great price for an 89! Invokes bright fresh aromas of banana and honeydew melon. Savor the tropical fruit, lemon and floral notes that are seamlessly balanced with a clean lift of acidity. Enticingly fragranced with honey dew melon, rose petals and bread dough. This wine could not be a lovelier example of one of Oregon’s favorite varietals. Flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and a hint of banana offer a mouthwatering juicy palate. The clean, brisk finish begs another luscious fruit-filled sip.
2009 Callabriga -Dao - Blend. WS91. Dao. Portugal. 17.99. “Powerful and dense, this is full of well-structured flavors of dark plum, boysenberry and wild cherry that are accented by notes of mineral and sage. The long finish exudes white pepper and savory spice, with hints of chocolate." This was a tied favorite from the Portuguese wine tasting.
2010 Spier Gables Pinotage. WS 90. Stellenbosch, South Africa. $24.99. "Well-focused and pure for the varietal, with blackberry, raspberry and black currant fruit coursing along, studded with licorice snap and singed apple wood notes. The long finish displays solid grip."
2009 Framingham Marlborough Pinot Noir, 2009. WS90. Marlborough, New Zealand. $24.99. Elegant, Spicy, Cherry, Medium-Bodied. "This distinctive red has a savory element that mingles with dried rose petal, white pepper and a strong fresh herb component. The fruit flavors are licorice-tinted, with ripe plum and currant notes that surge through on the finish."
2010 Biale Zinfandel Mote Rosso. WS90. Sonoma. $46.99. This wine was included as this small vineyard produces some incredible wines, and they are hard to find here on the East Coast. I tried them at Gary Danko in SF, and ended up calling the vineyard and ordering 6 of various types. This though is a new wine produced in 2010 that I thought we could try, one of the most expensive for this wine tasting, and I am betting that on this one WS is wrong and it scores higher! I guess we will all see...here is the description: "Bold, complex and quite ripe, with black raspberry and smoky spice aromas and cherry, toasty sage and herb flavors that pack a slight burn on the finish. For fans of the style. 750 cases made.
2003 Clarendon Hills "Clarendon" Grenache. WS93. Austr. $ 37.97. 93 points Wine Spectator: "Fine, generous, brimming with cherry, blackberry and toasty spice flavors that keep swirling on the firm, seamless frame, lingering effortlessly as they fill the mouth without excess weight. 93 points Robert Parker: "The dark ruby-colored 2003 Grenache Old Vines Clarendon Hills exhibits a big, sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, dusty soil, pepper, and herbs. 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, "Saturated dark red. Sweet black raspberry and spicy white pepper aromas with a hint of dark chocolate. Juicy, round and very sweet, with concentrated raspberry and kirsch flavors. The very long finish displays fine, dusty tannins."
2007 Cadence "Tapteil Vineyard" Red Mountain. For Debate! 92-93. Seattle. $44.99. 93 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Enticing aromas of currant, blackberry, black cherry, cured tobacco, fresh herbs, minerals and chocolate, lifted by menthol and fresh rose elements. Suave, layered and sweet, with a silky, seamless texture and an intriguing saline quality. This really spreads out to coat the palate with red fruit, graphite and mineral flavors. Finishes pliant, broad and long, with very suave but serious tannins and impressive energy." 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lovely aromas are a perfect mix of dust, rock, cassis and black fruits; the flavors carry so much detail that it's hard to catalog it all. Subtle but well defined, they cascade over and around each other in a gentle profusion--there is a black cherry, then rock, then lead pencil, then some smoke, then a whiff of licorice, and so on. A fascinating wine with good aging potential." 92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...Aromas of mineral, damp earth, herbs, sage, cassis and black currant lead to a medium to full-bodied wine with incipient complexity. Savory, smooth-textured, well-balanced, and with enough structure to evolve for 3-4 years, this firm, lengthy offering will be in its prime from 2013 to 2027."
Cost: $23 for wine and meetup/paypal fees.
The scenario will remain the same: The fee will include some basic grilled meats (chicken, steak), the standard paypal and meetup fees, and everyone is required to bring something to share (think for 6 people). I know food for 6 seems small, but every time folks bring for 10 we have TONS of food. For those who are not as creative, on the 2 blocks from the train train are 2 bakeries, 3 groceries, Chinese, Thai, a couple diners, Mexican, Organic restaurants, Japanese, Ramen, a bagel shop, a great organic store with fab olives (should I go on?) etc.
Food list: Please include in the comments what you are bringing so we all know!
Please ensure that if you are bringing a guest that they are included on the RSVP list! It keeps the payments, costs and extra wine calculations (if need be) much more simplified!
One thing we do need is a volunteer who likes to move furniture to help move the couches and tables into the yard. I have one mover (and grillman) already (Thank you Mike Roth) and need another!
Right now, it looks like it is going to be sunny. Keep your fingers crossed. If it rains, we will hang in my house. If we run past 10:00pm we will go either to the Bohemian Beer Garden or to Singlecut Brewery to not annoy my neighbors too much.
MAKE SURE YOU BRING A JOKE (required)! See you then!