16 Aug 2007

Eager to fall...

'...over the wine-dark sea.' [Homer]
STILL ON the Pinot path, I was eager to fall in love with Sokol Blosser's Dundee Hills '03 Pinot Noir from Oregon, USA.
So much has been scribed about wines from this region which has in parallel, parallel 45 as its location (as Burgundy). Sadly, this was a damp washout. A generic Bourgogne would have provided more interest for $less.
A soft nose, with a slight herbaceous, recognisably Witch Hazel nose gave way to a hot, dull, lifeless palate. Limp. My fellow tasters and I were left wondering what went wrong?
Thinking about matters further down the west coast, I received an invitation from Seghesio to a tasting at Fior d'Italia, the oldest Italian in the states located under the San Remo Hotel, North Beach, San Francisco. I wish I could attend. I remember tripping over a loose doormat at this venue after too much of Peter & Cathy Seghesio's 15+p/c ABV rich pickings earlier this year!
I recently sampled a titillating dessert at Cafe des Amis, Covent Garden.
A setting hot soupe au dark chocolat with a melting, spreading island of black pepper ice cream pricked and prickled my tastebuds with two types of heat and a temporary, illusory cold respite. Aesthetically, a petrel's egg. Overall, an act of culinary theatre in theatreland...