I’m looking forward to this evening’s Guild event not only because of the wines - New Zealand will be the focus of the evening - but because I’ve managed to miss the last two occasions. Sometimes the calendar can be a cruel mistress, alas.
We’ll be assembling at 10 Degrees South, conveniently located on Roswell Road in the general vicinity of Chastain Park. It’s a South African place, which will leave us none the (boere) wors for wear. (groannn.) The food ought to be tasty enough, although I would love to see a plate of chicken livers in peri-peri sauce or maybe some biltong. As for the carte des vins, there’s not a Cupcake to be found. Here’s the menu:
NV Lindauer Brut “Special Select”
2011 Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc**
2011 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc**
2011 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Calamari: grilled and tossed in lemon caper butter sauce
2008 Te Kairanga Pinot Noir
2008 Nautilus Pinot Noir
2008 Villa Maria “Cellar Selection” Pinot Noir
Boerewors: Home made sliced lean beef sausage served with a side of tomato and onion sauce
2009 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir**
2010 Spy Valley Pinot Noir
2010 Craggy Range TeKahu Gimblett Gravels Red Blend**
Lollipop Lamb Chops: Two marinated New Zealand lamb chops served over mashed potatoes
2010 The Ned “The Noble” Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc**
Di’s Delight: Warm, moist fruit sponge cake served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
I would love nothing more than for Denny to show up, but I suspect that Houston Steve and I will just have to soldier on without him. We will raise our glasses - absentibus amicis!
Update: No Houston Steve... but the Missus has graciously agreed to join me! A rare treat!
Update, Too: No especially memorable wines this time, although the ones we had were very well suited to the food. The sole exception was the dessert wine Pat (the Guild’s immediate past president) had brought by way of lagniappe, a geographically appropriate (for the restaurant, not so much the New Zealand theme) 1978 Nederburg Edelkeur late harvest botrytis chenin blanc. Dark, caramelly, and complex.