Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I brought back a couple of half bottles of Charles Krug Lot XII zinfandel port from California.
Of the wineries I visited this was my favourite. Quiet, almost intimate. Just me and a young couple. The server was highly knowledge and loved to talk. I was on the $20 reserve wines flight: the couple were on the $10. Everytime her poured them a glass I got one too. At one time I had 3 different cabernet sauvignons in front of me - and it's easy to tell the difference.
Generally I don't like the heavy reds - or so I thought. What I discovered is that the heavy reds need to be of a high quality. The reserves where they may only produce 200 or 300 cases were rather good.
Generally I tend to go for softer reds - malbec, pinot noir or shiraz. Grapes which can successfully be used for cheap wines ie what I normally drink. Krug are known for champagnes. There weren't any in the tasting as they are produced elsewhere. (My champagne tasting came at House Chandon. I'm now certainly I really dislike their champagnes. Insipid, tasteless with a tart after taste. Not for me at all.) What they did have was a zinfandel port. Again that wasn't supposedly on the tasting list - but hey as usual we were talking and it was a natural progression to illustrate the discussion.
It's not a real port of course. But for something so glorious that's sheer pedantry.
I bought 4 half bottles of their Lot XII. It's made in a solera system and inludes 12 diferent vintages. We drank one bottle after dinner on the Sunday when the family were round for a barbecue. And it was every bit as good as I remembered. Sweet, fruity. Just wonderful!

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Couldn't resist that title - it reminds of the song title "It's Raining Again". Anyway I've been out to Stanford to see the Rodin garden and the museum there. Great place. Stanford I think is my favourite university campus - up there with my beloved Cambridge. The musuem also had so glorious C20 glasswork - beautiful objects.

I finally managed to meet up with Loro which was nice but we've not managed to schedule dinner.

Back home on Wednesday so a proper posting sometime at the end of the week.


Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, August 07, 2008

Well I'm back in the madness of Silicon Valley again.

I'd thought the weather would be warmer to be honest - mid to high 60's is all at present. I've not been up to SF proper - as that sits most days in a fog cloud it would probably be really quite chilly up in the city.

I have been shoppiong though. Bought a few things clothes for Liana for Christmas and something for Mia the next time I see Jess. Mostly I've been spending time witht the family but I hooked up with Lori last night for a coffee - we are hoping to do dinner next week.

I'll post more when I have more time.



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