The CH yearly meeting @ Wally's Champagne Tasting: a millenary tradition.
Instructions are simple: interested CHs show up with their handles written in a lapel tag.
Starting Sunday 6/2/2013. A thousand years from now, it'll be a millenary thing.
[This is not a shill.
I go the Tatse for a Cure event for the Jonsson Cancer Center and got to know their m.o.. They are a very advanced and efficient charity. My mom used to work at Vista de Mar and they're very legit too.
I don't go every year but have been to this event. It's a nice lineup of wines including some real top-notch stuff. I might go.
a) normally i like to give money directly to charities that i like, rather than have my charitable giving directed by someone else
b) not likely that they would be serving enough fish to satisfy me.
c) although i love champagne, i love food more. i dream about food, not about drink.
I went to the Wally's Charitable event for the first time last weekend.
Since this was a Champagne tasting event, I will discuss the champagne tasting first and the food offerings next.
Ace of Spade, in additional to Veqve Clicquot, Krug, Moet Chandom, Louis Roederer, Salon, Taitttinger and Mumm all poured their NV and their Napa versions freely.
MC and LR and several others displayed but held back their vintage offerings such as Dom Perignon's and Crystal's to a single bottle at the end off the event for all the ~200 attendies to enjoy. There were wine raffles and many great deal wine auctions.
I did not managed to visit and sample every booth.
Honestly, I can barely distinguish the taste between the acknowledge premium brands.
Except, and I digress, from my recollections, Crystal's effervescence was much subdued compared to comparable vintage champagnes such as Dom Perignon's. This was supposed to be a more refined taste by the Tsar.
Of note is that I liked the tasted of "Champagne Thienot". They tell me that they are a new champagne house from an old grape "négociant" from the champagne region and have just recently entered the champagne game on their own. They told me that their champagne was the official OSCAR champagne this year. Mucho dinero paid I presume.
Drink-wise, my only disappointment was how both the Scharffenberger's Brut and their Rose" did not compared to the Schramsberg's offerings from the same booth. (OKAY, technically none of these are real champagnes).
Now for the food:
It is often difficulty to properly pair food with champagne. Wally's Cheese shop in combination with Petrossian Caviar step up to the plate.
Petrossian served endless supply of their American sturgeon eggs on toast along with Wally's selection of 3 excellent cheeses non-stop.
Big plates of excellent and tasty tortellini were served to all by Pastina Westwood. I am trending low carb and asked for 2, but the lady insist on serving me 3. Everybody else gets 10-12 per serving.
Disegarding the mis-matched food-wine pairing for champagne,
Meliesse had the best offerings overall : A slice of rare grilled steak served on a crispy cube of disappearing sauce that was supposed to be enjoyed in one bite.
The next best food offerings was a Japanese pulled pork from Maru of Valencia, They said that they will soon open a branch on the west-side.
I skipped all the dessert venders and several other food venders with name recognitions.
Finally, Cafe de Ray gets my food vote for the event. They providedt unlimited blue point oysters that were chucked on site and served with a robust vodka, mignonette sauce.
They also served jumble cocktail shrimps (unfortunately, their sauce, but not their shrimp, ran out before the end.
Unlike most other vendors that ran out food towards the end, CdR's tasty ceviche offerings never ran out.
My only complain.
I do not mind paying taxes. However, this event was supposed to be a charitable one hosted by Wally to benefit the Johnsson Cancer Foundation.
However, every ticket sold was taxed.
I normally gets a tax deduction for all my charitable donations. However, my payment to this event had an additional ~10% tax included. I called Wally to clarify. They said their accountant said so. Go Figure.
Finally, there were raffles and auctions of many outstanding wines to add to the fun for all.
I'd love some 1950s and 1960s Burgundy washed down with some Bordeaux of equal vintage. And maybe a couple bottles of Gaja, and maybe a Barbaresco or Barolo or two.
We should set up a hounds event at Valentino for a Friday lunch of white truffles and Barolos. I'm so fucking there.
Let's preserve Chowhound anyonymity. You have a point there.
We can also be free-r and more honest in our posts. And that's the way I like it as well as other hounds.
but I'd also like to check this out,
We should set up a hounds event at Valentino for a Friday lunch of white truffles and Barolos.
If anonymity may be dropped for the duration of an evening.
supposddly someone rec'd i treat tony c to a chinese dinner ?
Whew, I am glad you changed that. I wondered if it had anything to do with hat making for ladies.