Of course you knew that fresh tagliatelle pasta with beef ragu and truffle oil, livened by a splash of fresh parsley, goes perfectly with Brunello di Montalcino, especially this excellent 2001 from La Mannelle!
And you could have known that a 1999 Chambolle-Musigny "Les Amoureuses" would be a fantastic wine from one of the best vineyards in Burgundy from an excellent vintage. There is just nothing in the New World of Pinot Noir that tastes as good as this (sorry Willamette, Russian River, Santa Rita Hills, New Zealand and co.)! But did you know that Chateau Musar - the best producer in all of Lebanon (yes, Lebanon!) would go so intoxicatingly with a savory chicken tagine? 1999 (blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon) Musar is made in a lighter style that matches the middle-eastern dish and is showing great at 11 years of age. And it is a relatively affordable wine (under $50/btl, with new releases under $30) that impresses wine newbies and geeks alike!
Thanks Sandy for hosting this wonderful birthday dinner for our dear friend!