Last night took Betsy to The Cookery, an excellent Italian restaurant in our village. They are actually corkage friendly, but this time I decided to just do BTG from list. Betsy had a cauliflower puree soup, I started with a dish of grilled cuttlefish with a tangy potato salad, one of the best appetizers I’ve had in a while. A glass of the 2011 Finca os Cobatos Godello ( Monterrei). Crisp and enjoyable, fairly light, nectarines and orange zest, nice minerally finish. B+
My main was a beautiful small lemony branzino with roast potatoes and celery/olive gremolata. I had a glass of the 2010 Kogl, “Mea Culpa “ Pinot Gris (Slovenia)
Almonds and citrus, fleshy, floral. B-
Betsy had a steak with vincotto, plus escarole and goose fat potatoes. She had a glass of the 2009 Castello Di Spaltenna Chianti Classico (which I of course tried). Rounder, softer style of Chianti, plums and cherries, straightforward and a bit fruitforward. B-
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.