I am attending a retirement dinner on Monday night. The menu is NY strip, fish (turbot, snapper or sturgeon) or a vegetable mix plate (among other non-mains). I am sitting at a table for 10 with the guest of honor. I am trying to pick wines and am a little stumped as there will be no "winos" at the table.
For reds I can bring:
1. Many different bottles of 07 cab
2. Large format Bordeaux (96 clos du marquis, 95 duhart, 99 magdelaine, 96 GPL, etc) but worry that they won't be lush enough for non-winos.
3. 07 CdP
4. Older Rioja
5. Ridge zins (oldest are 85 York creek 1.5l rest are 06 or newer)
6. 2000 or 2001 mondavi reserve in 1.5l
If it was me, I would bring a single older cab or Bordeaux, but am limited by the larger number.... I have whites to cover the fish.
PS - I know any of the above would work, I'm just trying to find something of universal appeal.