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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [TN] A Decent End to a Bad Day

    As part of plans to visit England and France, I had arranged with Emery
    Davis to stop over at his place in Normandy on my last full day in
    France. The plan involved traveling by train from Lyon to Paris, thence
    on to Normanday, but the plans came crashing down upon me when a taxi
    stuck in traffic caused me to miss my train in Lyon by one minute,
    leading to a cataclysmic cascade of bad events. Nonetheless, even a bad
    day can be salvaged with a little bit of luck and a lot of will (and
    cash). In this case, that amounted to a good meal and decent wine right
    around the corner from my oh-so-unprepossesing hotel at the Brasserie
    Terminus du Nord. With the "L'Ardoise du Jour" of 1) a salad of smoked
    salmon, chevre and spinach; 2) grilled dorade on a risotto in saffron
    sauce; and 3) tartlette of pears in an almond crust I had a half bottle of:

    2005 Veronique Chereau-Gunther "Grand Fief de la Cormeraie" Muscadet
    Sevre et Maine Sur Lie

    Despite my trepidation at trying Muscadet from producers who aren't
    named Ollivier, Luneau-Papin or Landron. It wasn't too communicative in
    the nose, showing a little characteristic minerality and some citrusy
    hints, but on the palate it proved to be quite fruity, with an off-dry
    feel and lime and just enough acidity to keep it from being flabby. Not
    a profound Muscadet by any stretch, but a very decent wine with my
    dinner and a much better end to the day than what came before it.

    To put this whole misadventure into perspective, this is the second time
    that traffic issues have cost me a get-together with long-suffering
    Emery and his clan. When I finally got ahold of him by phone to
    apologize, he proceeded to recount for me the ten (10!) wines that he
    had set aside for my 5 hour visit. Hearing the description was enough
    to exact even more contrition from my exhausted, parched body than had
    already occurred. Suffice it to say that I pledged then (and now) to
    make him a destination on our next trip to France.

    Mark Lipton

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: A Decent End to a Bad Day

    On Oct 20, 6:22�pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > As part of plans to visit England and France, I had arranged with Emery
    > Davis to stop over at his place in Normandy on my last full day in
    > France. �The plan involved traveling by train from Lyon to Paris,thence
    > on to Normanday, but the plans came crashing down upon me when a taxi
    > stuck in traffic caused me to miss my train in Lyon by one minute,
    > leading to a cataclysmic cascade of bad events. �Nonetheless, even a bad
    > day can be salvaged with a little bit of luck and a lot of will (and
    > cash). �In this case, that amounted to a good meal and decent wine right
    > around the corner from my oh-so-unprepossesing hotel at the Brasserie
    > Terminus du Nord. �With the "L'Ardoise du Jour" of 1) a salad of smoked
    > salmon, chevre and spinach; 2) grilled dorade on a risotto in saffron
    > sauce; and 3) tartlette of pears in an almond crust I had a half bottle of:
    >
    > 2005 Veronique Chereau-Gunther "Grand Fief de la Cormeraie" Muscadet
    > Sevre et Maine Sur Lie
    >
    > Despite my trepidation at trying Muscadet from producers who aren't
    > named Ollivier, Luneau-Papin or Landron. �It wasn't too communicative in
    > the nose, showing a little characteristic minerality and some citrusy
    > hints, but on the palate it proved to be quite fruity, with an off-dry
    > feel and lime and just enough acidity to keep it from being flabby. �Not
    > a profound Muscadet by any stretch, but a very decent wine with my
    > dinner and a much better end to the day than what came before it.
    >
    > To put this whole misadventure into perspective, this is the second time
    > that traffic issues have cost me a get-together with long-suffering
    > Emery and his clan. �When I finally got ahold of him by phone to
    > apologize, he proceeded to recount for me the ten (10!) wines that he
    > had set aside for my 5 hour visit. �Hearing the description was enough
    > to exact even more contrition from my exhausted, parched body than had
    > already occurred. �Suffice it to say that I pledged then (and now) to
    > make him a destination on our next trip to France.
    >
    > Mark Lipton
    >
    > --
    > alt.food.wine FAQ: �http://winefaq.cwdjr.net


    OK, so now I know how you can be disgruntled in Paris. Sad!

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