UPDATE: the second night, this wine was sour, even though we'd sealed it with the rabbit. definitely wouldn't get this one again.
oct. 29, 2010: we are headed off to a halloween party, and i decided i'd try to make another butternut squash recipe via http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/macaroni-and-cheese-with-butternut-squash?comments_page=1&showComments=true&#conversation-container. this recipe wasn't terrible, it just wasn't that flavorful. it was a little dry, so my dad suggested that i melt a stick of butter and pour it over the top. i also added some more salt before baking it.
oct. 24, 2010: emilie and i celebrated mom's birthday with mom and dad at their house in newburgh. dad made his sumac-marinated rotisserie chicken (delicious), and i made guacamole via http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe/index.html and butternut squash risotto (the squash was from our garden) via http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roasted-Butternut-Squash-Risotto-105725. emilie helped mom make her famous persimmon pudding, which was especially tasty this time, and we all had a very good dinner.
http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/grilled-salmon-i/Detail.aspx but the wine, on first taste, was strawberry. it was light, smooth, with inklings of iron ... but not so far gone that it was distasteful. paired with this salmon, it was delicious, made sweet and smoother by the marinade. not a bad wine, considering it wasn't rated by wine spectator.
we had this with spicy greek yogurt marinated rotisseried chicken via this receipe: http://neckredrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/11/spicy-yoghurt-rotisserie-roast-chicken.html
oct. 1, 2010: we had this chardonnay at la tortue, a very good restaurant just 10 or so minutes walking distance from hotel monet, which was within running distance of the cote de grace, in honfleur. i thought it was crisp, with some lemon. it went very well with my fish soup. no photo available.
2009 Cuvee La Leuraudiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Le Chateau La Tarciere par Bonnet-Huteau Vignerons: Easy to drink
sept. 30, 2010: we had this muscadet with mussels at l'assiette normande, a restaurant in bayeux that will, our very gracious host at the b&b we were staying at, recommended. greg said the nose reminded him of grass clippings and apples. i think this had a light nose, with some green apple and slight acidity. it was definitely easy to drink. 12 percent alcohol. no photo available, unfortunately.
i liked this wine, which was sweet, smooth and almost creamy. it had some pear to the flavor and was much better than the other one we had at the restaurant.
2009 Weingut Heinz Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Klottener Burg Coraidelstein Riesling-Spatlese Halbtrocken: Half sweet/half dry.
this wine had 10 percent alcohol. greg said it had a nose like a sauvignon blanc and had a crisp texture. it smelled like grass clippings. i said it was dry to the tongue with a sweet aftertaste. it had some lemon. wouldn't get it again.