Archive for January, 2005

31
Jan
05

From France to Texas . . . to Oblivion

Brent and I had an all-star line-up last week. Monday started with a “Synergy of French Wines & Cheeses” class at VinoVenue (feel it, Porkchop). And Brent not only drank Sancerre and Gewurztraminer and really enjoyed it (scandalous!), but we both learned a great deal about the remarkable concept of “terroir” and how it relates to the pairing of wine and food. A “terroir” is a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making etiquette, which contribute to give its specific personality to the wine. That’s why the French label their wines by the region as opposed to the varietal (so “Loire” instead of “Chardonnay”) . . . and that’s why only true “champagne” can come from Champagne, France and all others made outside that region should be called “sparkling wines.” And pairing a wine and cheese from the same terroir (a goat or cow that shared the same territorial conditions) makes an enormous difference not only in the taste of each, but also accentuates or elongates the taste of the cheese when paired with a wine from that region. All snobbery aside (it’s probably too late for that now), the pairings in this class were incredible.

I’ll list them here for all the Y’s trying to impress the ladies this Valentine’s season:
1. Piper-Heidsieck Brut with Pave d’Affinois (Cow, Rhone)
2. Domaine Cherrier Sancerre 2003, Loire Valley with Crottin de Chavignol (Goat, Loire Valley)
3. Trimbach Gewurtraminer 2001, Alsace with Munster (Cow, Alsace)
4. Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge 1998, Burgundy with Epoisses (Cow, Burgundy)*
5. Etienne Pochon Crozes-Heritage 2002, Rhone valley with Fleur de Maquis (Sheep, Corsica)*
6. Chateau de Cosse Sauternes 1999, Bordeaux with Roquefort (Sheep, Southern France)

*can also be paired with Comte (Cow, Jura Mountains – Eastern Bourgogne, Champagne and Rhone-Alps)

On Friday, we saw Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Joe Ely and John Hiatt at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Just the four of them and their guitars, and a lot of great stories about where they grew up and everything they’ve seen as songwriters. Really made me miss Texas . . .

And on to oblivion Saturday with KU’s blow-out over Texas at Allen Fieldhouse. This is a tough day in the Baker household, as it is the one and only where I have to root against KU in favor of the mighty Longhorns (’cause the football match-up isn’t really anything to alienate a spouse over). I certainly went into the game knowing that gloating over our two wins last year would be ill-advised given the loss of Tucker and Aldridge, but wow . . . I had no idea KU would blow us out by 35. Also being a KU fan, my feeling after the game was that at least this big win would reignite their confidence and boost them in the rankings. UT’s season is shot without Tucker anyway, so at least this could help KU. We’ll see what happens in the polls next week, but a sad, sad day for Rick Barnes with the newly distinguished stat of “his biggest loss in the Big 12.”

Advertisements
30
Jan
05

You know your from SF when….

This is awesome — who doesn’t love craigslist —

You know you’re from SF when…

29
Jan
05

Game Summary: Self picks up win #1

Amazing job Self and staff — especially Dr. Ward for keeping everyone on the path to graduation. Self picks up his first win against Texas — now 1 – 4.

Back to Ward Scott, look for Dodds to go after KU’s academic czar to right the wrongs of Tucker. Dr. Ward loves the warm weather but his affinity for Lawrence and all things KU Basketball will probably result in a polite no thank you.

Another notable stat via ESPN News. KU leads the conference with a .836 winning percentage. OU is second with .694. Who’s H-O-U-S-E.

Looking forward to lunch this week Fischel.

29
Jan
05

Game Summary: Vitale shows range

Vitale has moved on to movie critiques and Super Bowl picks. I would have never guessed this….

29
Jan
05

Game Summary: Boards

KU is winning the battle on the boards and now Klotz just picked up his forth. Ouch…..

Fischel — looking forward to lunch next week

29
Jan
05

Game Summary: 3 Assists??

Everyone is talking about the turnovers — which are helping tell the story tonight — but how about only three Texas assists at the 14:08 mark in the second half. Are you kidding me? Miles averages in the range of seven over his four year career. Three assists????

29
Jan
05

Game Summary: Hawkins closes out the half

Awesome shot Hawkins….given the fact he started the season in the Self dog-house his play as of late is a nice bonus. KU is shooting 53% — wow…

KU is up 43 – 26. Taste the Zima Walker…..




Photos on Flickr

January 2005
M T W T F S S
    Feb »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Blog Stats

  • 13,898 hits