Wine Geeks at Vivre

Last night we went to Vivre (old Nostrani Ristorante) for a Wine Geek’s Dinner with Laura Chancellor & Larry Archibald and Krystie & Phil Custer.
It was a very good dinner for the last one before they move to Seattle (Eric) and Chicago (Nelli).

The amusée was was a lovely cup of Celery Root Soup with a 2004 Fleur de Passion Champagne (brought by Larry) - good bubbles; crisp fruit, with a good finish.

The Appetizer course was White Asparagus with Crab, Fennel, and Avocado Cream with a lovely Cuvée William Deutz Brut Champagne (brought by the Custers) - good bubbles, rich fruit, with a long rich finish.

Then we had a Seared Foie Gras with Grapes and Apricot Mustard Reduction with a lovely 1988 Chateau Climens Barsac (brought by Larry) - dark gold in color; good rich fruit, good acidity, with a long fruity finish.

Then we had a Potato Gnocchi with Peas, Parsnip, and Lobster Sauce with a good 1984 Albert Delée Hermitage Blanc (from Larry) (my 1982 Chave Hermitage Blanc had a lot of a acetone flavor and acidity so we didn’t have it) - nice fruit flavors, with a medium long fruity finish.

For main course we had a lovely medium rare Colorado Rack of Lamb with Lentil Ragu and Red Wine Reduction with a good 1982 Calon Segur (from the Custers) - initially slightly tannic, but moderating with the lamb, no herbal flavors just good fruit, adequate acidity, with a long fruity finish; and a young 2002 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Red Burgundy (brought by us) - good rich red and black fruit, with good acidity, and a long fruity finish.

Then we had dessert, a Créme Fraiche Panna Cotta with Strawberries, Raspberries, and a Cassis Syrup with a lovely 1990 Maculan Acinobili - lighter in color than the Sauternes, with good sweet fruit, some acidity, with a medium long sweet fruit finish.

It was a lovely meal with great wines supplied by all.

This is a real pleasure to read. [cheers.gif]

Very nice… lots of well-crafted food, from the sound of it!!

And the Dujac!!! Love that wine!

I’m confused…you had dinner with Laura, Larry, Krystie, and Phil.

So who are Eric and Nelli?

If your friend needs any Chicago help, please feel free to ask.

Sounds like a great dinner with great friends. [cheers.gif]

Too bad about the '82 Chave. That foie gras dish sounds awesome.

and off we go…

Tee hee

u guys don’t think the dishes sound under-seasoned?

nice tasting dinner btw!

What amazes me is that it took 7 posts!!!

I was on the way to the airport.

Inexcusable. You have a smartphone.

I’m just bummed because there were no acidity ratings for the Champers.


Eric and Nelli are the chef/owners of the restaurant. champagne.gif

Cheers! [cheers.gif]

Thanks for clearing that up, Marshall!! Now, let’s see what the boys can do with this info… Tex??? [popcorn.gif]

Do they know how to properly clean and prepare packer hanger steaks?

Don’t knock it.

I hear that to clean 'em right, you need to have mighty small hands.

That small hand can really dig deep in a can of Pringle’s.

i suppose because i’m new here, this is all very confusing to me.
except the pringles thing. that is some seriously funny sh*t…