Saturday, December 28, 2013

An Utterly Haphazard, Completely Unreliable, Probably Not Complete List of Our Favorite Food and Wine Of 2013

Our Best of 2013 list, chronicled by month.

Criteria for this list: Good food, good wine, buggy-bear pairing love, something unique, something we very specifically loved, just whatever struck our fancy and deserved a list-type spot.

In short, some big impressions of the year past.

So...good, very good and great are listed, with the meh, huh?, and terrible not listed. Because who has the time for the bad in life? Just move on.

Last Year's End

2003 E. Guigal Château d'Ampuis Côte-Rôtie, served w/ Christmas wild boar shanks, farro and grilled radicchio with balsamic

2005 Didier Dagueneau Silex Pouilly-Fumé, served w/ Michael Symon chicken, salsa verde, sweet pea gnocchi and kumatoes with celery leaves

NV Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes de Vrigny Champagne, served w/ French prosciutto, Pierre Robert and sheep's milk brie, baguette, butter & rose petal jam

2005 Bodegas Astrales Ribera Del Duero, served w/ Spanish hanger steak and potato-kale cake

2008 Efeste Syrah Jolie Bouche Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley, served w/ duck leg confit, tea-smoked lentils & beets

2010 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Blanc, served w/ Chilean sea bass and braised endive-leek-tomato stew-salad

2009 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvée Silex, served w/ Momofuku pork butt bo ssäm

2011 Villa Creek Rosé Paso Robles, served w/ anchovies, sautéed onions and oil-cured black olives on Syrian sesame bread


2003 Pirramimma Shiraz McLaren Vale, served w/ wild boar sausages, grapes and tomatoes

2007 Quinta do Vallado Tinto Douro, served w/ Greeked-up hanger steak with skordaliá, pita and tzatziki

NV Champalou Pétillant Brut Vouvray, served w/ Thai hanger steak and papaya salad

2010 Owen Roe Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills, served w/ tuna, blood oranges and heirloom tomatoes

2011 Cuvée Michel Leon Gewürtztraminer Alsace, served w/ curried-up green beans and potatoes with coconut rice

2011 Villa Creek White Paso Robles and 2009 Trader Joe’s Pinot Noir Grand Reserve Carneros, served w/ Moroccan spread at Shokran


2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Blanc Châteauneuf-du-Pape, served w/ Thomas Keller chicken thighs, fennel, lemon and olives & bacon fat crispy potatoes

2010 Quinta do Vallado Quadrifolia Douro, served w/ cacio e pepe with arugula and cherry tomato salad

2011 Domaine Les Pallières Au Petit Bonheur Rosé Gigondas, served w/ tuna Niçoise

2009 Quinta do Cardo Síria Beira Interior, served w/ veggie explosion of leeks, fennel, tomatoes, curly endive and risotto-d couscous

2008 Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir Nelson, served w/ beets, carrots and avocado salad and duck breast

2007 Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Premier Cru Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Champagne, served w/ Julia Child roast chicken, duck fat matchstick potatoes and a green bean, cucumber, avocado and arugula salad

2005 Jean-Claude Berrouet Herri Mina Irouleguy, served w/ gigante bean and white anchovy salad

Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes de Vrigny Champagne, drank at Elizabeth

2009 Betz Family Bésoleil Columbia Valley, served w/ Chinese-style ribs in guava barbecue sauce, carrot-rice cakes and arugula

2011 Vera Alvarinho Monção and Melgaço, served w/ spaghetti al limone & kumato-avocado-quick pickle salad


2009 Darting Pinot Meunier Trocken Pfalz & 2011 Marcel Lapierre Morgon, served w/ rabbit loin, celery root purée and dandelion greens

2010 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese, served w/ Thai chicken-coconut soup

2011 Arianna Occhipinti TAMÌ Frappato Sicilia Rosso IGT, served w/ fava bean and ricotta salata strozzapreti

2011 Orballo Albariño Rías Baixas, served w/ Michael Symon chicken and salsa verde

2009 Owen Roe Ex Umbris Columbia Valley, served w/ skirt steak, green sriracha sauce and Portuguese punched potatoes

2004 Two Hands Beautiful Stranger McLaren Vale, served w/ bison hanger steak, yuca fries and calçots

2009 Alain Graillot Syrah Syrocco Morocco, served w/ lamb-stuffed artichokes, garbanzos & pistachio-saffron rice


Blood orange sangria, served w/ spice-rubbed chicken with kumquat-lemongrass dressing and celery root and red pepper salad

2008 Villa Creek Mas de Maha Paso Robles, served w/ Cuban braised pork shoulder, rice and beans, and grilled pineapple

2007 Quinta do Vallado Tinto Douro, served w/ Pizza Art Café pizza

2006 Angela Pinot Noir Clawson Creek Vineyard Willamette Valley, served w/ tuna, beets, beet greens and blood oranges

2005 Yalumba Hand-Picked Shiraz-Viognier McLaren Vale, served w/ hanger steak, ginger-garlic sauce and matchstick potatoes


2010 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwar, served w/ chicken in lemongrass barbecue sauce and wilted arugula over rice

2011 Domaine Chante Cigale Blanc Châteauneuf-du-Pape, served w/ chicken thigh meat with fennel, olives, preserved lemon and garlic with thinly sliced potato roast

2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley, served w/ hanger steak, post-grill marinade, baked potatoes and arugula salad

Grilled fruit sangria, served w/ mahi mahi tacos with manzano pepper crema, cabbage, guacamole and grilled corn tortillas

June/July (slowdown mode)

Washington D.C. trip: Komi, 2 Amy's, Jaleo, Minibar, Shake Shack. Komi = Best Restaurant of the Year. 2 Amy's wines on tap - sangiovese rosé, albariño, barbera - simply spectacular.

2010 Rock Wall Tannat The Palindrome California, served w/ Argentinian flap meat

2010 Darting Scheurebe Spätlese Dürkheimer Pfalz, served w/ Iraqi chicken and scallion pancakes

2011 Minimus Copigmentation #2 Oregon, served w/ Spanish lamb

2011 Roots Melon de Bourgogne Yamhill-Carlton, served w/ Greek chicken, heirloom tomato salad and grilled potato salad


2001 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Rioja, served w/ Provençal beef stew

2012 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Blanc, served w/ veggie explosion

2009 Angela Pinot Noir Clawson Creek Vineyard Willamette Valley, served w/ peppercorn-crusted & pomegranate-glazed lamb riblets and farro

2012 Domingo Molina Hermanos Torrontés Salta, served w/ chicken, tomatillo, potato, onion, pickled serrano crock-pot wonder

2011 Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley, served w/ peppercorn-crusted tuna and Thai-style watermelon-radish salad

2012 Trader Joe's label Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc, served w/ dill-tarragon-parsley pesto with farro spaghetti and roasted tomatoes

2006 Marc Hebrart Millesime Special Club, served w/ brandade and fava-corn-avocado-tomato salad


Trip #2 to Rioja and Basque Country: El Trujal del Abuelo = #2 Restaurant of the Year. Arzak, Astrid y Gaston, Sacha, Marques de Riscal and Hotel Viura

The house rosado at El Trujal del Abuelo in Cihuri, Spain.

2012 Molina Pérez Tempranillo (5% Viura). Carbonic Maceration. Concrete. Slight chill. Like Ribera and frappato had a baby. Drank at Hotel Viura.

2011 Forja del Salnes Leirana Albariño Rías Baixas & 2011 Domaine Douloufakis Malvasia Femina Crete, served w/ piri piri chicken with farmers' market pepper salad, grilled haloumi cheese, tomato-basil bread and arugula salad

2004 Quinta do Vale Meão Douro, served w/ cocoa-rubbed hanger steak, Portuguese punched potatoes and an arugula-corn salad

2011 Efesté Feral Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley, served w/ panzanella salad


NV Juvé y Camps Pinot Noir Brut Cava and Gran Sarao Brut Cava, served w/ fattoush, falafel, pita and hummus

2012 Charles & Charles Rosé Columbia Valley & 2012 Villa Creek Rosé Paso Robles, served w/ lamb and farro-fava-pomegranate salad

A restaurant visit to [name redacted]


2012 Charles & Charles Rosé Columbia Valley, served w/ grilled bocadillos with La Quercia, manchego and kumatoes on Pugliese and arugula salad

2011 Minimus Copigmentation #2 Oregon, served w/ chicken marbella

2010 Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fumé de Pouilly, served w/ roasted chicken, Symon salsa verde, arugula, bread and butter

2011 Owen Roe Pinot Gris Crawford Beck Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills, served w/ Anne Burrell chicken Milanese & frisée salad


2008 Rôtie Cellars Southern Blend Washington, served w/ David Chang hanger steak ssäm with red kimchi purée and scallion pancakes

2010 Raul Pérez "Muti" Albariño Rías Baixas, served w/ piri piri chicken, carrot-orange salad & fried haloumi

2005 Michel Brégeon Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, served w/ sea bass and Jonathan Waxman braised endive salad (no write-up yet)

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