It turned out that this might be a good post for the #14 Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #MWWC14.
If there is a month that is jam-packed with events and gatherings for me, it will be December, every year. Lets see…there are five birthdays (three kids and two adults), at least two important wine related dinners, a handful of reunion dinners and lunches before, during and after Christmas, New Eve parties and one wedding anniversary, the most important because it is mine.
This year in early December, hubz and I celebrated our 16th years of marital union. It didn’t seem too long ago when I received a proposal from this man at the House of Blue (in Hollywood, CA). He wasn’t exactly on one knee, but was holding a cigarette in one hand and a glass of Bourbon Coke in the other, and I said yes. It was unconventional, definitely not traditional but always and forever memorable.
So the proposal was unusual, the annual celebration should follow suit don’t you think? I am not sure how or when we started this tradition, but it has become something that we look forward to every year. We might have missed it a few times due to our busy schedule, but somehow we always managed to make it up. We remember and celebrate this special day with lunch of Peking Duck with Sparkling or Champagne at a local Peking Duck Restaurant. Just the two of us, one Peking Duck with all the sides, a couple of extra dishes and one bottle of Sparkling or Champagne. It is obviously a lot for two, but then it is our tradition. This year, we brought a bottle of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc to witness our anniversary luncheon feast. We deliberately arrived at the restaurant (which is within a swanky shopping mall right in the middle of town) earlier than our reservation to have the restaurant chill the bottle (already chilled actually) and hubz could squeeze in a quick hour of gym time while I window shopped, another typical tradition. After about 1.5hour, we met at the restaurant and the feast began.
Going by the traditional belief that white wine with white meat, red wine with red meat, we are so not adhering to it. Sparkling and Champagne have always been viewed as a celebratory drink or an aperitif to go with simple light nibbles, definitely not something one would consider to go with duck. Personally I thought it paired well. Maybe a Blanc de Noir might be better for some structure of Pinot Noir. But the firm acidity of the Blanc de Blanc cut through the fattiness and richness of the Peking Duck like hot knife through butter. But then again Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc has always been quite different from others in the similar category. This Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc acidity was notably firm but not biting, there were good fruit notes, vibrantly youthful, that stood up to the duck brilliantly, laced with delicate fresh-baked bread nuance and toasted creaminess in the finish.
We were thinking we would be able to handle another bottle, it was that delicious. We probably would not have any problem sitting there drinking and nibbling on duck till dinner time. We left with leftovers of the duck, mildly intoxicated and thoroughly satisfied. So our anniversary was not a typical candle light dinner, bouquets of flowers, evening slow walk in each other arms or exchange of expensive gifts. We were never really into the typical and predictable, so we created our own tradition. The only thing we will probably change is to bring an extra bottle with us next year.
Happy and Prosperous New Year to one and all. CHEERS!