Jon and Jayne brought 2006 Sinskey Vin Gris for our dinner with Brooklyn Guy and Brooklyn Lady in La Jolla.
When Brooklyn Guy and Brooklyn Lady sat down with me over ceviche tostadas, camaronillas (deep-fried corn tortillas stuffed with shrimp), grilled mahi mahi and battered and fried pollock tacos the other night at Bahia Don Bravo the other night in Bird Rock (La Jolla), we mused about the fact that even though we’d never met, we feel like we know each other well from reading each other’s blogs and getting to know each other’s palates. As it turns out, Brooklyn Lady is from San Diego and went to high school in La Jolla like me (she at Bishops, me at La Jolla High). I was geeked to meet Brooklyn Guy (the masked man of our bloggy blog world), as were Jon and Jayne, Robin, and my wino buddy John Yelenosky. We’re all fans of his blog and we had gathered a pretty cool collection of wines for the occasion.
The Rully was showing exceedingly well and its lightness was great with the fish tacos.
Highlights were the 2006 Sinskey Vin Gris (brought by Jon and Jayne), a killer 2005 Rully Premier Cru Les Cloux by Jacqueson (Yelenosky), a smoking 2000 Dessilani Ghemme Riserva (my contribution, drank so friggin’ well, if I do say so myself), and not to be outdone, Brooklyn Guy showed up with a bottle of 1996 Fleury, one of his favorite grower champagnes — simply off-the-charts good.
I ventured back into the kitchen and poured Dora a glass of the 96 Fleury.
Brooklyn Guy, Brooklyn Lady, and I actually had a pretty heavy talk about life, relationships, and marriage. He and I had never met in person but he’s been a very generous friend, often sending me notes of encouragement and moral support when he could sense unease in my life through reading my blog. It’s one of the most amazing things about blogging: by sharing our thoughts and palates, we somehow form meaningful bonds, woven (thanks to the dynamic medium) into the human fabric of experience in an entirely new way. You might think that friendships born of blogging would be superficial, but as it turns out those ties often reveal themselves to be more significant than those forged in other spheres of our lives.
It’s a small world after all…
Lifeguards and tattoos, classic beachtown culture at Bahia Don Bravo in sleepy La Jolla. Roberto and Salvador have been really cool about me bringing my own wine to Bahia but we really outdid ourselves this time: I mean, come on, 1996 Fleury at Bahia???!!! Awesome… They both tasted with us, as did Dora.
Glad to see you got to spend some time with the BrooklynFamily. I had a similarly heartwarming good time when last I was in New York, when Neil, who I also knew only through our blog connections, invited me over for dinner. A great night with some lovely wines and good, new friends. The world needs more people like them.
David, thanks for stopping by. I’ve got to get my manager to book us a gig in Philadelphia so I can finally have a cheese steak and some Nebbiolo with you!
Cheesesteak and Nebbiolo?? Maybe a Sfursat would pair with the cheez whiz and caramelized onions that often gets slathered on. Or any of the “Aia” wines from Toscana. They are meant for steak, although not sure if Geno’s or Tony Luke’s can do a Chianina “supplemento” for $5 more.
You are killing me with those fish tacos, not to mention the vinhos.
Jeremy, I don’t think Geno’s will be in the picture but there’s a place at the table for you anytime you’re in town.
Such a great time Jeremy – thank you, and to your friends too, for putting this together. Next time in NYC…
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