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I read all these threads about these fabulous dinners people have at home, with photogenic, obviously labor-intensive food, and legendary bottles.   I can't speak for anybody else on this board, bu

If I'm not enjoying wine when I'm seventy, then my nieces and nephews are going to be stuck with a shitload of wine they won't know what to do with.   Or my next wife, who by then should be almost

Whaddya mean? That's more than half the meals I serve. Tossed with great care, I might add.

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Repetitious, but I had a bottle open from last night so needed to match it.  (While I hate matching my food to my wine rather than the other way around, at least I had something that needed eating that was a textbook pairing.)

First, though:  NO NEW CATCH HERRING COURSE.  I'd reached the end.  Funny how, if you have two fillets a day, the herring just swims away.  I actually missed it.

Salt and Pepper Sausage on (you'll never guess) a bed of Tepary beans.

On the side, some accidentally charred Asian collard-like-thing.  I like it like this.  I have to learn how to do it on purpose.

The wine duh.

2018 Domaine de Robert (Patrick Brunet) Fleurie "Cuvée Tradition"

A night of sitting around has brought this more into line with what I like.


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Bacalhau à Bràs.

This is a dish I would press on everyone who thinks they can't cook.  It's so stupid easy.  It's so stupid delicious.

I can't imagine anyone's not liking this.

I guess the problem is that the name is scary, being in a foreign language and all (and not just any foreign language, but a really weird one).  And I guess salt cod might seem a bit um exotic.

But really:  fish potatoes eggs olives (onions garlic).  What's not to like?  And it's SO easy -- while the flavor payoff is off the charts.

The only thing to have on the side with this is a salad.  Mine was mustard greens.

In Portugal they'd probably drink a red with this.  But come the fuck on.  It's hot out.  It's eggs and fish and olives.  I want a white.

Of course the best thing would've been some obscure Lusitanian white.  But if you put geography aside, it immediately becomes apparent that what this rich flavorful dish wants is a very lightly oaked Chardonnay.


2017 Domaine Corsin Saint-Véran "Vielles Vignes"

Another of my stable of overperforming under-$20 house faves.

These wines tend to be Unnatural, although usually organic or even biodynamic.  (This one's just organic, I think.)  They also tend to be highly typical, and this is that in spades.  You taste it and you think, Bourgogne Blanc.

They tend -- like this one -- to be a good deal less complex and refined than a top wine -- but a good deal more complex and refined than a relatively cheap wine has any right to be.  As I frequently say about them, they're still REAL WINE.

This is just like that.

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The most fun part of making this dish was cutting the potato (a carefully selected Golden Russet in this new age of potato connoisseurship) up into little matchsticks.

But unprecedentedly, I managed to do it this time without also chopping my fingers into little matchsticks.

I'm not sure that didn't detract from the ultimate flavor of the dish.  But it's nice to still have my full fingers and no ocean of blood on my counter.

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New York Strip Steak with some vesuvio pasta with Vaquero beans and also some steamed string beans on the side.

I was going to open up something rather grand, this being one of those gorgeous pieces of dry-aged beef from Flannery.  But in the end I couldn't overcome my curiosity about how that Wöllfer table wine would be at cellar temp as the producer recommends.

2019 Wöllfer Estate Classic Red Blend

Yeah they're right.  This is MUCH better with a slight chill.  No longer overbearing.

Still not exactly what I like, but a nice quaff.

AND, it's got an umlaut.

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