With grilled whole stripers, grilled artichokes, and salad, the 2007
Bavard "Les Champs Perrier" Bourgogne blanc. Fairly substantial.
Citrus, brisk acids, a tad sharp but with good length. B

Also, the 2009 Willi Schaefer Graacher Riesling Trocken QbA. Reminds
me a lot of an Alsace Riesling, with a little more in terms of floral
and slate notes. Apple and lemon, good length, good value. B/B-

Visiting some friends, we were greeted with a chard and cheese tart
with currants and pinenuts. I opted for white, the 2009 Grand Moulin
Sauvignon (Touraine). Grapefruit, a little grass and gooseberry.
Pleasant, refreshing, maybe could use a bit more oomph on finish. B-

We moved to table for some delicious Spanish themed chicken (saffron)
and Israeli couscous, green beans, and a coupe reds:

2001 Sierra Cantabria Rioja Especial
My offering. Solid red fruit, tobacco, cedar. But still a pretty good
dose of vanilla extract, not sure this will ever totally integrate.
But in midmodern style, not bad at all. B

2008 Cecilia Elba
The island, I assume. Reasonably able, but I saw not signs of
palindromes, exile, or big egos. Sweet, red fruits, a bit empty.
Merlot/Sangio? B-/C+

Could the weather get more gorgeous? On a perfect night, we started
tonight with a caprese salad. We have a lot of shade, and started a
tad late with some non-early bird heirlooms, so other than some early
cherries our garden tomato season has only been going couple of weeks.
Now they are at peak. A crisp white to accompany, the 2008 Nora
"Peitan" Albarino. Lemon, peaches, not a lot of length or complexity,
but serves its purpose. B/B-

Main course was some 2.5" ribeyes, green beans, and small potatoes.
With the 2005 Ch. Bourgneuf (Pomerol). A little reticent at first,
blossomed fairly quickly. Black cherry, mocha, medium bodied. Not the
biggest '05, but nice balance of fruit and tannin -maybe could use a
tad more acidity? Earth, smoke, vanilla. Good length for under $30
Bordeaux. B/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.*