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List w/o Commentary: excuses for not posting

  • WordPress hacker Johnny A infiltrated all of our sites
  • Google put Swirl on a list of sites that will kill your computer
  • We hate Johnny A and hope his fingers catch on fire every time he touches his keyboard
  • We are overwhelmed by the empties which are rapidly piling up
  • sometimes drinking wine is easier than writing about it
  • He has just started a fancy new job at a university that requires him to be (mostly) hangover-free
  • some weeks are more vodka-y and bourbon-y than wine-y


List w/o Commentary: two days of indulgent eats/drinks

Tuesday breakfast:

  • Us: French roast coffee (on stove top percolator)

Tuesday lunch:

  • Him: 6 inch turkey and Swiss cheese on Italian bread with light mayo (at Subway)
  • Her: salad leftover from night before with Krugermann’s pickles (at Her house)

Tuesday night dinner at Canelé:

  • Us: Chateau Cadillac, Bordeaux Superieur 2006
  • Us: L. Preston, Red Table Wine, 2006
  • Us: “Friends Cook at Canelé” with guest chefs Samantha Peale and Michelle Huneven, featuring bleeding beets and soft lettuce salad; skirt steak, white beans, greens, and roasted corn; boysenberry pie with cinnamon ice cream

Tuesday night nightcap:

  • Us: Cactus cooler, Skyy vodka, and lime cocktails (at Her house)

Wednesday breakfast:

  • Us: French roast coffee (on stove top percolator)

Wednesday afternoon lunch at Little Next Door

  • Us: Chateau Haut-Rian, Bordeaux Blanc 2009
  • Us: Mediterranean Spread: baby artichoke dip, romesco, hummus, tatziki, greens, pita
  • Him: Croque Madame
  • Her: Smoked chicken salad sandwich

Wednesday evening aperitif:

Wednesday dinner:

  • tbd

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List w/o commentary: Wednesday’s eats and drinks

Summary of the standouts from our long day:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur Organic 2009
  • Cava Rosé, Cristalino Brut NV
  • Tempranillo, Mirto, Ramon Bilbao 2005
  • Txakolina rosé
  • Lou on Vine meats and cheese including Hook’s 10 year cheddar and Batali salumi
  • Campanile/ Tar Pit sliders (or were they from AOC?)
  • Vinoteque chocolates (or were they from The Avalon Hotel?)

Now, here is specifically what We ate and drank on this International wine-ing day. We were joined by our couples-double-date friends D and M in the evening.

Breakfast (Her house):

  • Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus cereal with Trader Joe’s Anti-oxidant nuts and berry mix, 2%milk (Him)
  • Luna bar (Her)

Wines of Chile blogger tasting (Her kitchen table):

  • Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Veramonte 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Ventisqueo Queulat 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Unduraga T.H. 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Wild Fermented, Valdivieso Single Vineyard 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Rita Medalla Real 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur Organic 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Haras de Pirque 2009
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Vasa Silva 2009

Wines From Spain presents: The Great Match (SLS Hotel)

Wines tasted:

  • Tempranillo, Crianza, Ramon Bilbao 2005
  • Tempranillo, Mirto, Ramon Bilbao 2005
  • Albariño, de Fefinanes 2008
  • Albariño, Mar de Frades 2009
  • Albariño, Martin Codax 2008
  • Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, Gonzalez Byass
  • Cava Rosé, Cristalino Brut NV
  • Rioja, Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2004
  • Blanco La Mancha, Finca Antigua 2008
  • Rioja, Siera Cantabria 2006
  • Rioja, Palacious Remondo, La Montesa 2006
  • Rijoa Reserva, Marqués de Riscal 2004
  • Rijoa Gran Reserva, Marqués de Riscal 2001

Restaurants sampled:

  • AOC (forget what)
  • Bazaar (olives and a tomato thing: all of us)
  • Campanile/ Tar Pit (sliders–or was that AOC?: Him, D, and M)
  • Grace (salmon: all of us)
  • Oliverio (The Avalon Hotel) (burrata: Her)
  • Vinoteque (a beef thing?: all of us and chocolate?: Him, D, and M–or was that from The Avalon?)
  • DISCLAIMER: cannot exactly remember who served what–a lot of wine had been sampled at this point

Late night snack at Lou on Vine, wine and food tasted:

  • Txakolina rosé
  • meats and cheese including Hook’s 10 year cheddar and Batali salumi (all of us)
  • market salad and burrata (Her)
  • chocolate cake/tart thing (Him)
  • apple pie with Hook’s 10 year cheddar (M)
  • strawberry shortcake (D)
  • glass of red wine, don’t remember what (She and M, but the boys took sips)

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List w/o Commentary: Lucques dinner (photo edition)

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List w/o Commentary: Dinner at Harrison’s house last night

Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards

Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, Lucien Albrecht
Quincy, Adele Rouze 2008
Rosé, Columbia Valley, Charles and Charles 2009
aged goat cheese
French butter with fleur de sel
jamon serrano

Just for the Love of It, Sine Qua Non 2002
Syrah, lillian 2006
mussels in white wine with snip yourself fresh herbs
baby romaine with anchovy viaigrette
leg of lamb with rosemary, marjoram and lavender
roasted beets, potatoes, and baby carrots

The Balvenie 12 year old

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List w/o Commentary: Barbrix last night


  • Blanc de Blancs, Parigot & Richard N/V
  • Savennieres, “L’Enclos,” Morgat 2006
  • Tempranillo, Tinto Pesquera 2005


  • seared ahi tuna carpaccio with sambuca fennel, orange aioli, cara cara oranges, 2009 olio nuovo
  • hamachi crudo with ginger creme frâiche, avacado, paprika oil
  • deviled eggs with marinated boquerones
  • saffron arancini stuffed with smoked mozzerella
  • and three cheeses I forget the name of

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List w/out Commentary: Canelé Last Night

  • L. Preston Dry Creek Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, CA 2007
  • avocado citrus salad with grapefruit and lime, arugula, and cracked picholines
  • chicken liver pâté
  • chanterelles over polenta
  • oven-roasted pork chop with small potatoes, brussels sprouts, and apples
  • buena chica cheesecake
  • cookies and confections
  • Bordeaux Château Cadillac, France 2006

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List w/o Commentary: New York, the first three days in food and drink

Patsy’s Pizzeria
Union Square Café
bar with no name
Little Giant
Milk and Honey
Bar 89
The Ace Hotel
The Harrison

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List w/out Commentary, last night in chronological order

The Gorbals
The Must
Bottle Rock
The Lazy Ox

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List w/out Commentary: Hotels we stayed in, ordered by awesome.

  1. The Joule. Dallas, TX
  2. Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa. Truth or Consequences, NM
  3. El Paisano. Marfa, TX
  4. Thunderbird. Marfa, TX
  5. Silver Saddle Motel. Santa Fe, NM
  6. Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol. Austin, TX
  7. Wigwam Motel. Holbrook, AZ.
  8. Quality Inn. Childress, TX
  9. Ramada Inn. Scottsdale, AZ

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