White Wine, White Heat (May 1, 2010)

One of those night that somehow went logistically hay-wire. We were supposed to visit friends but we entered baby-sitter limbo and wound hosting at home and opening lots of wine, with our friends bringing fish and seafood and cooking in our kitchen. What the hell: expensive but fun. And I admit I wound up drunker than I'd anticipated.

A. Et P. De Villaine, Rully, Les St. Jacques, 2006

Text-book Bourgogne with its mineral and dry grass nose and savory palate. Yummy. The nose might have the edge over the palate but this is still very precocious wine.

Burgundy Wine Collection, about 130 NIS.

Koelhler-Ruprecht, Pfalz, Kalstadter Steinacker, Scheurebe Spatlese, 2005

Lots of guayavas as always, to my taste, although our friends said lychee. A bone-dry wine until both acidity and sweetness turn up on finish to chime in with a fruity coda. A great match to oysters with a semi-sweet butter and cream sauce.

Giaconda, 117 NIS.

Albert Mann, Hengst, Grand Cru Pinot Gris, 2005

Heady and impressive with a quince-derived personality. Although it shows more reined-in power than a complex personality per se, it is an excellent wine and lives up to the Grand Cru label.

Giaconda, about 180 NIS.

Quinta do Noval Silval, Vintage Port, 2000

Port. Vintage Port. While the tannins obscure any pretension to sweetness and dessert wine-ness, I loved it way more than I expected a priori, never having been any Port fan in the past.

About 50 USD.