Archive for November, 2010

Juan’s wine picks: 2008 Syrah

November 30, 2010

* Juan Sanchez, owner of La Dernière Goutte and Laura pick out some wines that are drinking especially well. Here are the selections. Check out previous selections here.

In the interest of the goose we roasted for Thanksgiving and as a little tip-of-the-cap to our founding father, and fellow syrah lover, Thomas Jefferson (no we aren’t tea-baggers!) we decided to have a tasting of 2008 syrah. The Rhône is (supposedly) the birth place of syrah, though there are now many incarnations of it including it’s dark-skinned Australian sibling, shiraz. Shiraz and syrah are typically quite concentrated and full-bodied wines, often being used in blends to provide some body. Tasting three syrahs from the Rhône was a nice lesson in the versatility of the fruit which can seem so standard.


Menu: November 2nd 2010

November 2, 2010


Roasted Parsnip and
Garlic Soup w Brown Butter
Pears and Wild Rice

Cardoon Agnolotti w
Preserved Lemon,
Clams, Scallops and Radish

Braised Mushrooms w
Chestnut Cream and
Poached Quail Egg

Palate Cleanser

Rabbit Pot Pie w
Root Vegetables
and Mustard Cream

Crispy Pork Belly
w Charred Broccoli
and White Cheddar

Shaved Fennel Salad
w Grapefruit, Olive, Tarragon
and Roquefort

Goat Cheese Mouse w
Oatmeal Graham Crust
and Persimmon Ice Cream