This past Wednesday was a pretty decent day of wine, including one that received a perfect 100-pt score! @LarianaCellars @HartfordWines @checkmatewinery

I don’t think there is much doubt that we’ve been drinking more wine while in quarantine, but in the past week or so, for whatever reason, I haven’t really been feeling it. That’s not so say we’ve been drinking NO wine, just less than normal.

On Wednesday, we made up for it in spades, not just in quantity, but in quality.

We started off the evening with a lovely red to pair with our dinner, Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage. The meal was FAN-TAS-TIC. Recipe here if you care to try it. It was a good pairing, but not a great one; it didn’t make the food or wine better, but they didn’t get in each others’ way, either.

Lariana Cellars 2016 Carmenere

After dinner, we decided on a Chardonnay. But not just any Chardonnay, one that John Schreiner had recently given the coveted 100-point score to. This is the second consecutive vintage of this wine that has received this honor. We decided to try it head-to-head with a Chardonnay from one of our favorite California producers. We had tried and reviewed that wine before, about 2.5 years ago. Surprisingly, it didn’t change much in that time.

I have never given a table wine 100 points. Would this be the first time? Nope.

Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2016 Little Pawn Chardonnay

Hartford Family Winery 2014 Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay

A beautiful night of wine, to be sure, but my search for the elusive 100-point table wine continues!

Next up: Lots more random reviews of stuff we have been enjoying in the last few weeks. Stay tuned!




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