What We’re Drinking

9.24.13 048If anyone knows the importance of having a house wine, it’s Randy.  But after years of enjoying Ch de Chasseloir’s crisp, delightful Muscadet for after-work refreshment, he’s switched it up!  Now the house wine chez Randy is another minerally white from the Loire Valley, but this time a Chardonnay!  The Le Souchais Chardonnay has a bit more richness than a traditional Muscadet made from Melon de Bourgogne, but it has all of its chalky minerality.  A wonderful everyday sipper, great with young, soft cheeses, chicken dishes, or Breaking Bad!

Diane enjoyed a fabulous dinner out at Ray’s the steaks in Arlington.  The traditional sides of creamed spinach and mashed potatoes were fantastic, as was the crab bisque, but what really stood out with the New York Strip and Delmonico was the side of sauteed wild mushrooms.  Full of flavor, they were perfect with the 2004 Damilano Liste she squirreled away in her suitcase in January on the way back from Italy.  Still powerful and grippy, but with more than enough fresh fruit to enjoy now, it was worth leaving behind a few pairs of socks to make room for it!  The 2006 Brunate and Cannubi are available, but they will need a few more years to unwind…

Doug and Meg are just back from their vacation out west, and Doug brought home a  bottle of our new favorite (they’re all favorites at some point – that’s how much we love bubbles around here!) Champagne, the Coessens Blanc de Noir.  Powerful and rich, but still light on its feet, with intriguing notes of ginger and red fruit, it’s the kind of unique sparkler we love spending an evening with.

So now that the air has turned a little crisper, what are you drinking?

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