I had the most charming dinner with new friends last week in Ithaca (at Zaza's Cucina). I left immediately from work, and it being Friday the 13th, had quite an adventure driving, but made it barely in time for the reservations.
The company was exquisite, the food plentiful and tasty, and the wine numerous and succulent! Here are the bottles we enjoyed:
2000 Vieux Télégraph Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (France)
2003 Domaine la Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape (France)
2002 Finca Sandoval (93% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre) (Spain)
2003 Arietta Variation One (60% Merlot, 40% Syrah) (California)
2003 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas Vineyard (Australia)
2003 Clarendon Hills Syrah Liandra Vineyard (Australia)
It's hard to name a favorite, although the Finca and Arietta were superb and our host, an amazing composer and brilliant man, had a "bad" bottle of Clarendon Grenache, so it would have ended the supper, had it been in top shape.
Afterwards, we joined our host at his apartment for cigars and scotch.