Tuesday Betsy made a favorite dish- fried calamari, mushrooms (maitake and king trumpet), and lemon in an arugula salad. Wine was the 2009 Pascal Cotat La Grande Cote Sancerre. Big, full, there’s a bit of noticable alcohol-I wouldn’t call hot, but verging. Full flavors of tropical fruits, good acids, a mineral note on finish. B

Wednesday Betsy headed to Maine for concerts, I made a lobster/peashoot salad and cold sorrel soup, and headed to riverfront concert. Absolutely gorgeous evening- 70s, a breeze, low humdity- and a very good jazz band, with a spectacular sunset to boot. And of course wines:

2009 Henri Boillot Bourgogne blanc
Full, rich to the edge of fatness, pear and hazelnut, could use a touch more acid but overall a nice baby Meursault. B/B+

2010 Pepiere Muscadet
What needs to be said? Clean, saline, crisp, fun. B+

2011 Brun Rose de Folie
Sweet raspberry/cranberry juice, snappy, lively, summery. B+

2011 Vissoux/Chermette “Les Griottes” Beaujolais rose
Pale, this actually seemed a little lifeless compared to the other 2 roses.A tad dull, red fruits, a little musty- not sure this was correct, if it was C+

2011 les Fouques Cuvee Aubigue (Cotes de Provence)
New one to me, this is a buy again. Earth, herbs, red berries, citrus zest.Nice body, this can stand up to food, quite nice. B+


Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine,B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.