|What goes with BBQ besides Babaresco? How about a little 1990 Ridge Montebello for starters?|
The idea for the week was for Aldo to come into Texas and swing his way from Dallas through Austin (right smack dab in the middle of SXSW) and ending up in Houston. By now he is readying to go to Colorado, but an intense few days it has been for one of the hardiest working men in the wine business.
|Aldo answering Larry and Betty Mendiola's question @ Jimmy's|
|What goes with single vineyard Barbaresco? Meatball sliders, of course!|
|At Pogo's, with old friend and owner Harris Polakof|
|Centennial's super sommelier, Scott Barber intensely engaged in Nebbiolo-speak with Aldo|
|Nonna's Italo-centric Sommelier, Sergio, feeling the Old-World wine love|
|Grailey's - Owner Simon and super-blogger AJ getting their Moccagatto groove on|
highest accolade from a restaurant reviewer with the highest expectations in a restaurant), she went back for seconds and thirds. And as in the case with any leftover greens, my son took the remainder home, presumably to share with his gorgeous lady. I’m sure she went after the casserole, as Rafael usually doesn't like to share his veggies. Really love that guy. My spinach-loving son.
|Michael Flynn and Brad Murano - boy's night off|
Guests David and Jennifer Uyger ( who actually had a day off) brought their calm and bubbly sides too as well as a delicioso hunk of homemade salumi to go with the Barbaresco. I know it’s a cliché but, Good Times!
The Jar and his lovely wife Tracie also drove up from the SXSW madness to hang and bring their special brand of music. Jeremy is working on top-secret music project right now, believe me he’ll tell you all about it in due time. And Tracie, well she didn’t have to cook or drive or worry about any little thang. Just kicked back and enjoyed the evening. I had to stop her a couple of times from trying to clean the dishes. Once Jeremy started the guitar medley, people got into the music and we sailed right into the sunset on a Sunday evening. Things do sometimes have a way of working out.
Thanks everybody for a memorable couple of days. It was awesome. Buon lavoro, Aldo, grazie 1000! See you next month in Italy.