With steak, acorn squash, and an arugula salad, the 2008 David Duband
Gevrey-Chambertin. Middleweight, any oak way in the background (not
the case in some earlier Dubands I tried), red fruit with some meat
and earth aromas. Not a showstopper, but solid workman-like village
Gevrey, and good value at $25. B

As an apertfif and cooking wine over 3 nights, the 2010 Drouhin St.
Veran. Seemed mute and dull at first opening, though I didn't detect
any reductive aromas I wondered re that, but with some air a nice
clean Chardonnay with white fruit, flowers, and minerals. B

There was also a bottle of the 2010 Layer Cake "One Hundred Percent
Pure" Pinot Noir. This was a sweet and unnecessary gift from some nice
non-wine people. I remember a decent note here on Layer Cake, though
maybe not the PN. So I tried with as open a mind as possible. Well, I
get the Cake part- sweet and confected. Not sure I understand Layer
part- layers to me imply complexity. This should be renamed the Short
Cake, because it is short and candied. Vinegar crock needed some
imput. Tis the thought that counts. C

Couldn't take the Layer Cake with our pizza quattro stagioni
(artichoke, proscuitto, mushroom, olive), opened the 2009 Guion "Cuvee
Domaine" Bourgueil. Black fruits, tobacco leaf, green herbs, good
acids and some light tannins, nice little bargain wine. B

Saturday was risotto with bay scallops, shrimp, and mushrooms, wine
was the 2010 Ambra "Ischia." CSW markets this as Italian counterpart
to Muscadet, and that's quite apt. Seashell and saline, lemon fruit, a
little hint of effervesence, good acids. B

Sunday we went to a neighbor's open house. She had done a huge spread
of food, plus there were many beverages on offer. Mostly Frontera and
Vendange and the like (I did take a little sip of the Vendange
Chardonnay, about what I expected, oakchippy and canned fruits- pear
and fruit salad, edge of sweetness, popular but not with me C-). A
bottle of 2007 Bize "Perrieres" Bourgogne Blanc had nice structure but
an oxidative apple cider edge, could be premOx, more likely warm
storage, this was a recent WineBid restock, luckily just one more,
still have a couple from my original purchase. B-/C+ for this
unrepresentative bottle.

Dinner that night was duck legs slowcooked in mustard and panko, over
mesclun salad with potatoes on side. Wine was the 2005 Marechal
Savigny-les-Beaune VV. I was worried might be tight, but it was quite
giving. Black cherries, spice, a bit of forest floor. Easy ripe
tannins, good acids, fine length. B+

With vegetarian tacos (beans, cheese, guacamole, etc) the 2003
Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spatlese. I think this was only
2003 German less than Auslese level that I own. By Zilliken/Saar
standards this is low acid, but it's not actually flabby, there's
definitely some acid under the apple and tropical fruit, but it's
lacking in precision and without that mineral edge that makes this
house special to me. 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.