the food at ame was clever and balanced perfectly and the staff was wonderful. i eased into the night with an old favorite argyle brut rosé. always good. was still reeling from the party in mendo the night before… we also had the pouilly fumé 07 sauvignon blanc. nice start.
on to aziza, a mediterranean place in outer richmond that we wanted to try. the food was very good and we decided to open our own bottle of Ruby there to see how she liked morocco. turns out she likes it very well. the food was just spicy enough. two dinners were plenty for one night so we headed back to the swanky palomar for some beauty sleep.
the next day we tried out luce. what i loved most about it besides my great company was the besserat de bellefon brut rosé from france. this was a remarkable champagne and my notes say: grandma’s potica (traditional slovenian nut bread served at holiday time oh i miss you gramma k), <3 this and it has the quality of the carmelized almost burnt crust on the top of the nut bread, wonderful! the entire bouchon bakery in a glass… later root beer float with good vanilla bean ice cream. exceptional.
also had the zind-humbrecht riesling from alsace 2007 a clean crisp riesling but i went back for another glass of the besserat…
after a long walk around town we ended up at the ferry building for some oysters and — of course — a sparkler for ruby. 2007 gerard bretrand cremant de limoux, france which was pleasant and light and perfect with kusshis and kumamotos, ahhh. thus restored it was off to dinner at the fifth floor. i love this place and we were not disappointed. the food was fabulous and so were the wines. we had a guigal hermitage 2003 notes: acorn forest floor, irises, raisins, later burnt almond, deep plum and dates! the foie gras dish was perfect pairing with this wine… salty donuts, yes, my favorite. the second wine was 2005 la pialade côte du rhône full of cigar tobacco, perfume in a glass smelling earthy and woodsy and spicy like a good man should (reminding me of eighth grade and cheerleading uniforms for some reason… dessert was muscat de beaumes de venise from domain de durban 2006 paired with the “most amazing almond cake ever! watch out zuzu… ”
back home to the valley the next day, stopping by at girl and the fig for a little lunch in sonoma. we at everything on the menu. it was all really good. especially the bumble bees and humingbirds. (no, we did not eat the hummingbirds).