“Come to Bibo after work. Bring a friend. Drinks on me.” That’s my favorite kind of message.
Bibo is quickly becoming my favorite happy hour spot. Great for a cocktail or people (or wall) watching, this conveniently located art den is beckoning me back for a bubbly brunch. Coming soon.
Fridays don’t suck. 2000 Gravner Rosso Venezia IGT. Gravner is famous for his amphora fermented tannic whites, but this shows his versatility through a fruit driven Cabernet/Merlot blend. At 15 years old it was extremely youthful and vibrant.
A customer from out of town came in and was excited to get his hands on some older whites. 1997 Pierre Morey Montrachet Grand Cru. Wow-ey. Super compelling aromatics of caramel, dried orange peel, cider, dried flowers, vanilla candies, and hints of smoke. This was like your childhood blanket in a bottle; comforting and nostalgic, proof that cellaring is worthwhile.
Not to be outdone Jay popped open a bottle of 1967 Rinaldi Barolo. It showed absolutely perfectly. This is absolutely a star and the epitome of aged Barolo with expressions of everything you hope for in an older bottle- leather, mushroom, game, dusty flowers with velvety soft tannins and rich mouth feel. A totally complete wine.
Doug popped by a little while later with a wine he detests and describes as sipping on “crunched up ladybugs.” Call me unsophisticated, but I quite enjoyed the earthy, green, and graphite laden flavors. Bring on the bugs.
After 5 hours of drinking it was time for dinner. To my credit, 5 hours. The text said “Chachawan.” I read Chom Chom. Whatever it was great and the wine continued flowing.
The following day saw another tasting at work, this time of our summer favorites. We had 30+ different wines open and available for tasting. My highlights include all of the Chablis from Billaud Simon- such value for quality!- Chateau Gaby from Bordeaux, Sette Ponti Orena from Tuscany, and a perennial favorite funky wine, Clos des Camuzeilles old vine (some may say stinky) Carignan.
The out of towners came back and popped a few more bottles including this 1988 Palmer.
Honestly it was a little past its best and left me with a mouth full of splintery wood.
A good effort from the 100+ people who came by. Thanks!
Sunday on Andy’s boat complete with meats and cheese from Burgundy, sushi, deli sams, Chicken on the Run, Tsing Tao, and a lovely Muscadet Sur Lie.
A beautiful ending to another wine soaked weekend.