I participated in a food and wine party a week ago with a dozen of my uber-foodie friends – these are the kind of people you love to know because they’re all chefs (unpaid ones, but nonetheless), plus they always break open the best wines. This is a California wine lovers group though, rarely do you see a wine from France or Italy make an appearance.
We usually start out with appetizers and white wine, then move into the main courses paired with our reds. I took a chance and brought a 2005 JC Cellars Marsanne from the Preston Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. For one, I was concerned about the age of the wine and knew these guys would be brutally honest if it had turned and two, I knew if it was still good, it would be great.
Cowabunga! Beautifully balanced, full-throttle Marsanne loaded with creamy pear and not even a hint of fruit-gone-bad. It was perfect and, if I don’t say myself, the best white of the night! Only 4 bottles left on the shelf so don’t dilly dally.