Any other Maggie Harrison fans out there? She gets some attention here, but relatively speaking, I think she deserves more. As such, thought I’d share an e-mail exchange I had with Ingrid Cutler of Antica Terra and Lillian (taking the easy/lazy route with a quick copy-n-paste). Although not noted below, I actually saved the Botanica bottle and added it to my personal wine Hall of Fame in my office…bringing the collection up to eight bottles.
From: Ingrid Cutler
To: Tim Dwyer
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020, 10:27:53 AM CDT
Subject: Re: Tribute to Maggie Harrison
Thank you so much for letting me know and I’m so happy to hear you had a wonderful time and the wines were as perfect as we would hope for you and your friends.
Thank you again, for placing our wines on your table, sharing with your friends, it truly means so much to all of us!
Have a wonderful weekend,
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On Oct 30, 2020, at 10:23 AM, Tim Dwyer wrote:
Since you asked, we were all singing the praises! You were spot on on the '13 Syrah. It was damn near perfect (especially paired with the smoked on the bone rack of pork), but somehow it was the #3 favorite of the evening. That’s how good the line up was! Botanica could not possibly get any better and was the WOTN, followed closely by the Roussanne, Syrah and last but definitely not least, Angelicall. The first time we had the Angelicall, I served it chilled…regretted doing so, but you live and learn. Last night, at the right temperature, it was a completely different experience and even though it was ranked #4, it was humming. The Roussanne, well, let’s just say it was EVERYTHING it should be and it was great introducing our friends to this varietal (and they obviously loved it!). What a fun evening filled with laughter and enhanced with great food and wine. Thank you!!!
#2 - 2015 Lillian Roussanne
#4 - 2017 Antica Terra Angelicall
#1 - 2015 Antica Terra Botanica
#3 - 2013 Lillian Syrah
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 4:30:00 PM CDT, Ingrid Cutler wrote:
What a wonderful line up indeed! I will make sure to forward it to her, what a nice thing to say!
The vintages are perfect to pour now and I have to say, the 2013 syrah is INCREDIBLE right now, you will absolutely love it.
I usually open the wine about half hour prior to dinking it, to let it breathe a little but they are quite beautiful at opening as well.
I have poured the roussanne at the beginning of the meal but it can also be lovely at the end…something to think about
Rich from Wine Market is fantastic and you’ll never be disappointed working with him. He’s been such a wonderful supporter of our wines (Antica Terra and Lillian) and is a pleasure to be around. I hosted an event at the shop a couple years ago and it was a hit!
Have the best time at the dinner and let me know what everyone thinks of the wines.
All my very best,
On Oct 27, 2020, at 4:10 PM, Tim Dwyer wrote:
We are having a small dinner party at our house on Thursday night (10/29) with some friends that appreciate wine and are also fans of Maggie Harrison. We will pay homage to Maggie by pouring the following:
2015 Lillian Roussanne
2017 Antica Terra Angelicall
2015 Antica Terra Botanica
2013 Lillian Syrah
There are only four of us, but I may have a 2016 Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay and a 2014 Reynvaan Stonessence on reserve just in case…but Antica Terra and Lillian are definitely THE HEADLINERS. I think it’s going to be a great line up/night and just wanted to say thanks in advance (as I may be running a little slow on Friday)!
PS - I’m all ears if you have any suggestions on serving any of the above (i.e., long/short decant, slow ox, pop-n-pour, etc.???)…OR especially if you think I should wait longer before opening any of them.
PPSS - Lukas Liquor is under new ownership and while we tried to remain loyal to them, sadly, it’s just not the same. So, we recently started going to a new wine store called the St. Louis Wine Market in Chesterfield Valley. They must be doing something right because they carry your wines!!!