Dinner was about to be put on the table. JPH uncorked the second bottle, a gift from European cousins who enjoy a good table wine. This was a special occasion and it paired well with the menu win/win.
Cave de Tain is a big producer of French table wine from the birthplace of Syrah, the northern Rhône. From AOC Crozes-Hermitage, this easy to drink, medium weight slightly peppery wine is versatile, either as a sipping wine or a dinner wine and at 13 - 13.5% ETOH made it easy for us to pace ourselves for the celebratory evening. Popular in London as a table wine, it was listed in Enjoy wine without a hangover in the Sunday Times. (This was good, as we still had another bottle to go)
As we sat in the dining room, eating through the amazing fresh chanterelles, pheasant breast and spätzle, the wine went down smoothly. Glasses were easily refilled, and the discussion ranged from raising chickens (one firm NO) to upcoming local fairs (Count me IN for the 10/02/11 Annual Sea-Cliff Mini-Mart).
The wine was smooth, dinner was filling and the company was entertaining. Soon enough it was time for dessert and bottle #3 Banfi Rosa Regale NV