|Celebrating 100 years, before flying to Dallas, with a glass of Provence Rosé|
At the airport we had an hour or so, and we shared some of the new rosé of the season, the 2013 Domaines Ott from Provence. I had just found out from a DNA report that my mom is related to Marie Antoinette (and my dad is related to Napoleon Bonaparte!) so we celebrated 100 years with a glass of French wine before we got on the plane to Dallas. Mom says she doesn't remember having rosé wine recently. "Everything starts over @100", I once heard.
I love how Californians mix up great wine with cool and groovy food. Darrell Corti and Lucio Gomiero took me to Waterboy, one of the top Sacramento dining spots, last February. I had to go back and see what they were cooking up (sadly for us, Darrell was on a trip to Greece and Italy).
Happy to report back the food was inventive and delicious. One of us had the Picnic Plate, a stylized dish of fried chicken, deviled eggs and corn on the cab. Another of us had a delicious plate of Bucatini pasta with scallops and cauliflower. While not authentically Italian, the dish was verifiably delicious. I no longer expect Italian dishes to be authentic (unless we are in Italy) but I am happily surprised when the food is locally grown, handled with respect to the season and simply prepared. Sacramento is reputed to be the Farm-to-Fork capital of America, and we were not disappointed this past week.
Summer is rapidly approaching. Take time to eat outside while it is still cool and prepare for the warmer days coming by stocking up with your favorite white wine and, of course, the new rosé wines that are just showing up on wine lists and retail shops across the country. For now, I have a party to plan. Thanks for reading!
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