Originally posted by latour67:Pauly
Not so many people get to taste wines from their birth year, but I believe Board-O did have a 1934 Romanee Conti!
So, what did she say when you showed her two wines from her year of birth? Was she surprised, flattered, overjoyed, at your sensitivity and celebration of her 30th birthday? Did you let her taste first? etc.
Be more descriptive...
Also, what did she serve for dinner...
Actually I remember now why I forgot them for her 30th, I was in France at the time. When I came back she and her fiance left for a 5 week holiday in China, so by the time she got back it was something like 8 weeks after her birthday, and the wine had slipped my mind. More unforgiveable is that when my sister got married earlier this year I forgot about the bottles then.
My sister was very impressed, especially with 2 different bottles from her birth year. She's a wine drinker, but not a collector, but she does appreciate the good stuff when I feed it to her. I tasted first on the basis that I decanted the wine and was not confident that both bottles would still be in good shape (I honestly thought I'd be donating at least one of the bottles to the sink because 1974 wasn't the best of years in SA). First toast was "happy 30th" and second toast was "congratulations on getting married".
Dinner was barbequed fishcakes and chicken kebabs, not an ideal food match, but since it was a case of "oops I forgot about these, and we'd better drink them fast" no one minded. Both wines were significantly better with food, and I suspect a heavier red meat dish that I ordinarily would have paired with them might have been too powerful. Dessert was a chocalate cake with rum, and the Eileen Hardy made a surprisingly good match because of its residual sweetness and chocolate tones.