Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last Sunday saw me rubbing hooves with the "high on the hog" socialites of Atlanta at Cochon 555.
5 years off my life: with items like "Pork fried funnel cakes with lard powder and lard caramel", how could one expect a clean bill of health when waddling out of this pork-centric mecca to excess? Pour on a generous plying of booze (mostly Pinot Noir, a great pairing for piggies, if not still a little too "fashionable" in my book) from good folks from Domaine Serene, Buty Winery, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards, and a familiar face: former Atlanta native Boyd Pearson, now with the Willamette Valley's Anne Amie Vineyards (definitely one worth seeking out in town for those price/value seekers).
Yeah, I know that's only 4 winemakers. Gamble Family Vineyards called the audible and didn't show up. From the name of the winery, could the organizers have expected anything less?
Luckily, most of the portions were bite-sized, and I didn't gorge, feeling sheepish and ab-challenged while hanging out with milk-drinking stallions Wine Tonite! and Eat It, Atlanta. Despite my curves, 'twas a great time had by all. Chefs Kelly English, Todd Mussman, Kevin Rathbun, Mike Lata, and event winner Sean Brock (and their crews) delivered, and the wines did not slouch either. While Pinot Noir was the focus, watch out for great Bordeaux blends (both red and white) coming out of Washington's (Walla Walla) Buty Winery, who may have slipped in under the Pinot-stained radar and stolen the show.
I'll tell you who didn't deliver: my camera. All too apparent that the new Canon I've been pining for gets kicked up the priority ladder. Sorry cholesterol meds. I'm sure you see this post as a thinly-veiled flirtation to be "more than friends", but the fancy camera's wearing the shorter skirt right now. Luckily, some decent video from the Flip MinoHD and a little help from Roger Waters made for my most disturbing video yet!