The wine was flowing last evening at our good friend Lee's home. Lee has been a wonderful wine buddy of mine for many years and I always enjoy tipping a glass with her. Last night was no exception. We had the good ol' "birthday" group together, Pam, Sandy, Tom, Judy, Lee and me and Mike, for wine, BBQ, and much bubbly conversation!
Our fantastic evening started with a marvelous 2005 Domaine Merlin Cherrier Sancerre. Sancerre is a town and commune of the Cher Department in central France. It is a lovely, medieval, hilltop town overlooking the Loire River. Sancerre is located in the eastern part of the Loire Valley, which is southeast of Orleans. It is regarded as the spiritual home of Sauvignon Blanc making wines of great purity and elegance. The Merlin Cherrier Sancerre was a medium body, crisp, lively white wine with hints of citrus, like grapefruit, that played on your tongue like "kids in sunshine". A nice long satisfying finish followed with a touch of mineral still on my palate. The Sancerre had enough acidity to pair ideally with the "Salmon Spread" that Lee made, which was made up of fresh salmon, sour cream, basil, salt and pepper. Yum!
The rest of the evening Lee served a variety of wines that were ideally suited to go with the rest of the dips, crackers, bread, corn on the cob, veggie packets, and the ever popular BBQ ribs that our Grill Master Mike prepares. Enjoying the festivities along with us were Lee's cats, Sugar and Cinnamon. Hard to believe that these girls are 16 years old! Look and act like youngsters to me! As you can see, too cute!
The enjoyable evening ended, very late, with lots of hugs, kisses and well wishes to all until our next gathering!
Cheers My Friends!