A post on another board mentioned the fine dining opportunities potentially afforded by the cold snap and storms on the East Coast. One landed on my lap yesterday. First, a frantic caller on Tuesday evening asked if I could attend a function at Greystone on Wednesday night. You see, 71 chateau owners are touring the States as part of a road show for the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux. They're stuck at JFK and couldn't make it to St. Helena for the grand tasting of the 2001 vintage and the 2000 vintage dinner. Might I be available to answer questions about Bordeaux wines and talk about recent vintages?
My answer - Absolutely, I'll be there.
This was my first time to attend a special event at Greystone and I was generally impressed by the ability to handle a large crowd. A valet took my car at the main entrance (warmed by an outdoor heater), and the check-in process went smoothly. Soon, I was among the barrels, sampling wines of the 2001 vintage, arranged by commune, for the walk around tasting.
I caught two of the passed appetizers - seared loin of ahi tuna with hoisin sauce on a blue corn tortilla chip and also the smoked duck breast with kumquat marmalade on a sesame crisp. The hoisin sauce completely overwhelmed the ahi and was also excessively salty. The smoked duck was lovely. I missed the foie gras...don't think the server got much past the exit from the kitchen.
The dinner was upstairs in the barrel room, which provided a majestic setting for the 20+ tables. Shown below is my table, in the center of the room, before service. I loved the statuesque twisted vine wrought iron candle and wine bottle holder centerpiece, but couldn't figure out how to sneak it out in my purse.
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