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Wife’s 30th Birthday!

So I’m in the kitchen working on flourless chocolate cake, sushi, teriyaki poached beef, miso soup, a few different salads, and I’m sure I forgot a few other things. I just had my 30th now it’s payback time! 😉

I promise to try to catch up some in the coming days with some new posts. Big news though, tell all your friends, sometime next week I’ll be posting an interview I recently did with Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections. He’s known, as most of you will know, for his Port and Madeira wine knowledge. I just need to get it together and formatted. For now I’ll leave you with a couple of tasting notes from a lunch I had the other day with a new friend.

Till soon, Ryan Opaz

  • 1927 Alvear Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez 1927 Dulce Viejo – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles (11/2/2005)
    Deep and dark with a light red glint. Brown sugar, molasses, light cinnamon spice and a wisp of wood all show on the nose. The palate is thick and viscous with a medium acidity that doesn’t fully balance out the intense sweetness. The flavors get lost in the viscosity showing mainly caramel and molasses, though with time dried dates and light cinnamon came to the forefront.

    3 grape
  • 2002 Bodegas Penafiel Ribera del Duero Miros de Ribera Crianza – Spain, Castilla, Ribera del Duero (11/2/2005)
    Deep purple in color. Nose of mineral, light vanilla and berry, with time showing some nice tobacco and anise.Medium acid and soft but firm tannins. The palate is of raspberries, anise, tobacco, mineral and more. The finish lingers though the nose really shines. Makes me wonder what a couple of years might do for it. Really a neat wine to make sure to check out again.

    4 grape