Regular readers have probably noticed a gap of about 10 days since my last post. Yes, this means I have broken one of my fundamental rules for winery blogging, but I can only offer the excuse that I've been busy in Vermont preparing for my sister's wedding. It was this Sunday in Vermont, and was wonderful.
For those of you who don't know my sister, she does some occasional work for Tablas Creek from her base in Brooklyn, NY, but her principal occupation is a jewelry designer. Many of you may know that her jewelry is offered for sale in our tasting room. Still, she grew up in a wine family, loves to eat and drink well, and gave us a terrific opportunity to have a wedding party that celebrated food and wine.
To cook the feast, my sister decided on Montreal-based chef, baker and author James MacGuire. His menu (charcuterie, halibut with beurre blanc and melted leeks, and rack of lamb with gratin dauphinois and ratatouille) was simple, classic and beautifully done. For wines we had 2006 Cotes de Tablas Blanc with the charcuterie, 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc with the halibut, and an ethereal 1983 Pommard Clos de la Platiere from Prince Florent de Merode with the lamb. The wines (including the 2007 Rosé that we poured as an aperitif):
The Pommard was gorgeous: soft, pale ruby and fully-mature, with berries and underbrush, spice and mineral. It's in no way an imposing wine. It is delicate and gentle, and was quietly complementary to the lamb. You were left remembering the lamb and its accompaniments, but it had the presence to stand up to the acidity of the ratatouille and the creaminess of the potatoes.
A couple of other photos of the evening's events show the setting at the Vermont farmhouse I grew up in, and some key participants. First, the bride, and my parents as they were walking down the informal aisle:
Then, a cute photo of my son Eli (age 3) as ring bearer and a late-night photo of the bride and her new husband Tom Hutten dancing that I love for how it captured the after-celebration feel: