Happy Cyber Monday! I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. J and I had a great time with the Lyman clan on Thursday followed by a relaxing and beautiful weekend at his family’s cabin up in the Sierra foothills. We did a lot of cooking, eating, and drinking, which is, I suppose, not much different than a normal weekend for us, but this time we got to share it with both of our families. Very fun. We took some arancini di riso (fried risotto balls filled with cheese) to my family’s Thanksgiving gathering* and cooked some really fabulous meals (chicken stuffed with goat cheese, mushrooms and spinach on Friday night and pork and wild boar ribs braised in red wine on Saturday night) for J’s family up at the cabin.
Anyhoo, with Thanksgiving now behind us, I’m jumping right in to Week 14 of the CorkPopper project. I’m leaving Italy behind (Ciao!) and heading to France (Bonjour!), stopping first for a couple of weeks in Burgundy. Burgundy (or Bourgogne in French) is, of course, a very famous French wine region in eastern France. Though you can also find wines made from other grape varietals (Gamay and Aligote, in particular), the two most famous Burgundian varietals are Chardonnay for white wines and Pinot Noir for red wines. This week’s wines will all be Burgundian whites made from the Chardonnay grape…. and without further delay, here’s this week’s list!
First, we have a 2004 Emilian Gillet Vire Clesse Quintaine Jean Thevenet, which was given 90 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and is available at Wine Exchange for $17.99/bottle.
Second, is a 2007 Roger Lassarate Macon-Vergisson La Roche, which received 90 points from Stephen Tanzer and is available at wine.com for $17.79/bottle.
Finally, a 2007 Seguinot Bordet Chablis Fourchaumes Premier Cru, which received 90 points from BurgHound, a great resource for information on Burgundian wines. This wine is available at Wine Exchange for $19.99/bottle.
* Though I’ve long warned J that newcomers to the Lyman family Thanksgiving must have an excellent sense of humor, J escaped mostly unscathed…. though he did take some ribbing about how good his “balls” were (meaning the arancini we brought, of course).