Meet the Chowhounds! Monday May 14th
- Brandon Nelson
The next opportunity to meet the people behind the postes has arrived. Monday, May 14, at Cha Am in Vallejo (www.chaamvallejo.com). RSVP's will be taken here on the Bay Area board, and my personal email address. Bring a smilling face, a friend or loved one, and a great attitude (stag is welcome as well). Bottles are also encouraged. This will be a great oportunity to share your favorite vino with those who will appreciate it. Their standard corkage is $7. I have been told that if several bottles are opened they will only charge $5. The initial reso has been made for 15, but they are perfectly willing to serve more. Email me at Branandpix@juno.com or post an RSVP. To borrow Justin's tag line.....
Peace and Grub to all!
Sorry you can't join us, Rochelle.
About 2 years ago (pre-Y2K blow-out) I had the chance to attend a sit down tasting of the whole line-up. A fascinating look at the house story and style, this is a Champagne carefully designed for American tastes. Round flavors packed with ripe fruit and ready to drink on release, I could appreciate the style, although my own preference runs more to minerally and austere elegance. The wines are criticized by Champagne-purists as ungainly and too obvious, but to each his own. The top cuvee, 90 palms d'or, was marvellously winey and complex. The one I liked the most was the brut rosé, extremely fruity and quaffable. I felt the house style found its best expression in this cuvee.
Billecart-Salmon is my favorite, and I always have a few bottles of the brut reservee around as the house bubbly. I think it's the best Champagne under $35, hits just the right balance of fruit vs. mineral taste for my palate. The rosé is the opposite side of the spectrum from Feuillatte, very delicate and high-toned, but I like both. The luxury cuvees are well worth the price for the quality in the bottle.
Count me (1) in for dinner on Monday night at Cha Am. See you there at 7pm! Looking forward to a great evening.
7 pm reso at Cha Am. So far it's a table for 5, but feel free to drop in if you can make it. If not, catch you at the next event!