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not so chicken

March 31, 2009

wild De Loach chickenOn Sunday I attended a dinner at Rolland Passot’s restaurant Left Bank in Larkspur (Marin County) promoting Jordan MacKay’s new book Passion for Pinot.  I co-hosted the wine pairing with Hugh Chappelle of Lynmar Winery, and poured our 2006 OFS  and Green Valley Pinot noirs.  There were so many Pinot nuts there (about 40 total attendees), I couldn’t keep up with the peppering questions.  I met an amazing couple who have been making Pinot noir in their San Francisco garage since the ’70s, and between their engaging conversation and standing to speak to the group about our wines, I barely had time to enjoy the decadent food rotating in front of me.  From foie gras toastettes to l’oeuf en meurette, I felt a little spoiled and a little French for the night.  To finish with Rolland leading us in a rousing rendition of le ban bourguignon (a traditional Burgundian cheer that sounds a bit like the Jeopardy jingle) was fitting, and charming, for a night dedicated to our favourite grape, Pinot noir.

I’m becoming a lot more comfortable speaking about our wines, and it was great having an opportunity to personally share them, and pair them with such delicious food (although we had quail – no chickens here!)

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