|Samantha and Carl at the Farmers Market.|
Was given the warmest welcome on my first time visit to L.A. by none other than Samantha from our recent Friuli trip and of the amazing blog Samantha Sans Dosage. I had a last minute change of plans that made me land in L.A. from Rome and she and her husband Carl were amazing hosts and showed me although short a very sweet time...
|A late lunch of an assortment of tacos at the Loteria Grill within the Farmers Market.|
The second surprise was the long awaited meeting with Whitney from Brunellos Have More Fun.
She was one of the first blogs I read along with that of Do Bianchi. It was amazing to meet with her for dinner at Cliffs Edge and what can I say, she showed up with a bottle of 2003 Radikon Ribolla Gialla. She had already won my heart... The wine was stunning, (as was all of the wine that night) a really spectacular nose coming from this ribolla... hibiscus, grapefruit, orange peel... really intriguing and I must have sniffed it 47 times. Beautiful acidity and was really food friendly (much more than I remember an earlier vintage being, which i drank a few years ago).
We also Enjoyed a 2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex, which was delicious as well....
The atmosphere at Cliffs Edge was amazing and the company even better. It reminded me of when I heard Piero Incisa della Rocchetta from Sassicaia speak at a wine dinner in December. He talked about how there are so many factors that come into play in enjoying or not enjoying any given wine. The glasses, temperature of the wine, lighting, atmosphere, the company your with, just to name a few. When your on vacation in Italy having a blast, drinking and enjoying the shit out of a cruddy vino da tavola, it is a perfect example of this taking place!