Saturday my friends's semi-underground supper club was at Shadowbrook,
the old Stan Getz estate in the next town. I hadn't been there in
several years, but lovely as ever.

While folks arrived and circulated, we tried ttoasts with tapenade,
plus excellent shotglasses of an herbed goat cheese mousse with
breadstick (they gave out little demitasse spoons for when the
breadstick ran out), along with the 2008 St. Hilaire* (Blanquette*de
limoux). Appley, much better than awful bottle I had last year
(probably cooked), simple but inoffensive. B-/C+

Theme was Provence, we moved into the music room to talbes, and the
first course, a cold terrine, a riff on ratatouille. Wine was the 2008
Gaussen* (Vin de pays du Mont-Caume). Fred said this was from Bandol,
but with less than the requisite 50% Mourvedre. I liked, a meaty/
animal edge to the red fruit. B
Main course was bouillabaisse. with the 2010 Domaine Ste Lucie "MiP"
Cotes de Provence*rose. Lightbodied, sweet strawberry fruit, clean if
not complex. B-
There was also a 2006 Clos St Magdeleine Cassis. Broad, oily, reminds
of a Southern Rhone white, it does have pretty decent acidity. B

Dessert for those that indulge was a Provencal lemon tart, fun evening
with good friends, good jazz, great setting.

Sunday was also gorgeous, grilled some chicken breast I had marinated
in tomato and cilantro, some storebought polenta, and shiitakes, also
had some brocollini and the 2010 Ch. Peyrassol. I've had several
vintages of the Commanderie, but this is first time I've tried the
chateau bottling. Light color, seemingly light body, but sense of
structure and a very long finish. Raspberries, wild strawberries, a
saline/mineral edge underneath. On expensive side for rose, but worth
it to me. B++

With a red only friend, the 2009 Breton "Trinch!" Bourgueil. Solid
black cherry fruit, spice, a little CF leafiness. Good, if a tad less
exuberant than a bottle a few months ago. B

For meatless Monday Betsy made pasta with mustard greens, spinach, and
feta, along with a brocolli/walnut salad. Wine was the 2009 Clos Roche
Blanche Sauvignon #2 (Touraine). This was a recent purchase from a
very reputable store, but I think this saw some warmth at some point.
Seems like a riper vintage to start, but there is a light oxidative
hint, and a cidery edge to the fruit. This bottle C+/C, but I think
just an off bottle.

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.