There were 12 of us for New Year's Eve dinner at Detta and Peter's place. We started with bubbles—Prosecco and Lambrusco—served with various appetizers in a stand-around-the-kitchen-island fashion, which, for some reason, we all seem to love so very much.
While chatting, sipping, and nibbling, the osso bucco was finishing its magic in the oven and the saffron-infused Parmesan cheese risotto came to a glorious stove-top finish.
"Dinner is served!"
Beside the osso bucco and risotto was a blood-orange-and-onion salad and steamed green beans. And, alongside the food were the wines.
First bottle opened was the 2004 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino DOCG ($69.99/14% ABV): deep ruby red, with just a hint of purple; floral notes and red fruit on the nose; and more red fruit—especially juicy cherries—well-integrated tannins, and an earthiness on the palate that worked so perfectly with the rich food. Because we had no decanter (and this wine should be allowed to aerate), I used my Centellino Areadivino to help the wine open up.
Second red opened was a 2006 Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon ($25.99), a reliable bottle that always serves us well with its aromas and flavours of black currant, black cherry, coffee, and chocolate, all tied together with a vanilla yumminess that wasn't over done.
Third red opened was a Malbec from Argentina. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to write down the wine's name, producer, or anything else that might be considered important. It was tasty, though.
There were a couple of whites and a rosé being poured, but because I wasn't drinking them, I didn't pay very much attention. I apologize to everyone for being so red-centric.
We interrupted our Trivial Pursuit team challenge (spoiler alert: our team won!) to toast the New Year with first a bottle of Sumac Ridge Tribute Silver NV ($30.00/13% ABV) and then a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne NV ($59.99/12% ABV) that presented the classic aromas and flavours, including yeasty bread dough, apple, and citrus.
Good friends. Good times.
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