Menu for a
Finishing Salt &
Rosé Wine Tasting

July 10, 2005

Boiled Potatoes, Celery,
Hard Boiled Eggs (
Triple T’s Araucona),
and Love Farms’ Ambrosia and Passport (Galia/Israeli) melons

Roasted Rosie Chickens with Spring Onions

Sesame-crusted Ahi Tuna &
Sweet Potato-crusted Albacore Tuna
with Pineapple Cucumber Ponzu Salsa or Wasabi Cream or Shouten Soy

Joanne’s Pineapple Coleslaw

Smashed Love Farms’ Cherry Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil

Arbequina & French Olives & Alexander Valley Bread & Butter Pickles

The Cheese Plate:

  • Abbaye de Citeaux (Herve Mons ) - Produced by the monks of the Abbey of Saint Nicholas Les Citeaux in Burgundy since beginning of 20th century. Made from milk of Montbeliard cows and is milder than other washed-rind cheeses. (Dean & DeLuca)
  • Humboldt Fog - Cypress Grove's goat’s milk Humboldt County cheese is named for the morning fog. It’s in the style of the French Morbier with a line of ash running through the center.
  • Robiola Sapore di Bosca – A well aged Robiola (from Artisan Cheese in SF)
  • La Welsche (washed with Marc de Gewürztraminer) – An Alsatian münster-like soft cheese with a washed rind made from pasteurized cow’s milk by Haxaire.
  • Ramato Cuvee - Semi-soft, cow’s milk washed rind cheese from Treviso, IT in the Veneto region. The cheese is washed with Hy Cuvee Belgian ale, and aged 90 days. Mildly pungent with a pliant, earthy taste.
  • Harvest Goat – An Aged Goat Cheese from Hillman Farms in Colrain, Massachusetts.
  • Pata de Mulo - (“mule’s leg”) is flat on one side with a rough surface produced by rolling the curd by hand in a cloth. It is a slightly acidic and salty Spanish Sheep milk cheese from the Northern Castille- Leon Region.

Harvest Goat

Fig & Date Cake,
Anjou Bakery Fruit & Nut Bread,
Della Fattoria Meyer Lemon Rosemary & Semolina Bread,
Parmagiano Reggiano Butter


Blueberry & Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

Blackberry & White Peach Galette

Black Mission Fig Galette

Fresh Whipped Cream

Love Farms’ Yellow Doll Watermelon slices

Love Farms Cherry Tomatoes

We had been wanting to do both a finishing salt tasting and a Rosé tasting. Suddenly we had an upcoming weekend with nothing going on and so created an insta-tasting party.

Some quick wine notes: My favorite two were 1995 Lopez de Heredia (I love older wines - not everyone liked it as much as I did) and 2004 Heitz Cellars Grignolino. Other standouts included the Pax, the Sine Qua Non, Domaine Tempier, the Mas Neuf (the bargain of the lot) and the Palama. The 1997 Caymus was also quiet interesting and enjoyable - perhaps it was the oak? The two wines which showed the worst, were the Villa Wolf and the Miner, but made by very good winemakers. - Jack

The Rosé Wines July 10, 2005

2004 Mas de Gourgonnier Rosé Les Baux-de-Provence (Grenache)

2004 J. L. Wolf Villa Wolf (Dr. Loosen) Rosé Pfalz (Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir))

2004 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris (a blend of 40% Grenache Gris, 30% Carignan and 30% Cinsault)

2004 Mas Champart Rosé Saint-Chinian

2004 Château Mas Neuf Costières de Nîmes (20% Grenache, 55% Syrah and 25%Cinsault)

2004 Heitz Cellars St. Helena (Grignolino)

2004 Miner Mendocino Rosato (Sangiovese)

2003 Palama Salento Rosato Metiusco (Negroamaro & Malvasia Nera?)

2004 Alois Lageder Lagrein Rosé Alto Adige

2001 Domaine de la Charriere (Joel Gigou) Rosé Coteaux de Loire

2004 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé (Mourvedre)

2004 Pax Sonoma Pink Wine Sonoma County (Syrah blend)

1995 Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rosa Rioja

2001 Sine Qua Non Pagan Poetry California (Grenache blend)

2004 Charles Joguet Rosé Chinon (Cabernet Franc)

1997 Caymus Oeil de Perdrix (Pinot Noir/Pinot Blanc)

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