nov. 13, 2010: my parents invited me over for a delicious dinner of stewed rabbit, tabouli (which i made) and a red lentil dish that was also very tasty. my mom and i thought this wine, when first opened, had some fizzy imperfections, which i at first thought was mixed with acidity. here are my dad's notes: "The 1985 Domaine Tempier Bandol, cuvee speciale La Migoua vineyard, was even better at noon today (Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010). The petillance (bubbles) had gone, the wine was slightly sweet in a good sense ... We went to the vineyard at Domaine Tempier in the 1980s and (drank) an old vintage of Domaine Tempier in the town of Bandol then. In the U.S. I think the wine is imported by Kermit Lynch in Berkeley. The rabbit was American rabbit, cooked sous vide at 140 degrees for 6 hours. The sauce was made from Knorr leak soup mix and broth from the boiled rabbit bones. The wine was not a heavy wine, but had lots of flavor from the Bandol terroir. They drink it with Rouget (small local red mullet) there at the vineyard." 11-14 percent alcohol. dad's cellar.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.