A Belated Daughter Dinner

Now where did that gin go

No matter.

For her belated birthday dinner Daughter wanted just a simple meal of NY Strips and steamed broccoli

I also made some buttermilk/pecorino/bacon biscuits to provide the starch element, and they turned out pretty yum too.

We decided to crack open one of Daughter’s Birth Year bottles, to see how they were holding up. While 1993 was a fantastic year for daughters it wasn’t such a brilliant year for wine. Rather poopy, in fact. It also wasn’t a vintage port year. After some looking about it seemed to me my best bet for her was Châteauneuf du Pape and there’s no better producer there than Château de Beaucastel

But how would an 18 year old wine from a sketchy vintage that has been kept in shall we say less than ideal circumstances hold up?

I’m happy to say not so bad. When first poured it was a little flat and tasteless, and as you can see the color is not the deep inky red that Châteauneufs usually are. After a few minutes in the glass it opened up quite a lot and the soft red fruit and cherry came back. Sadly, the tannins are long gone and I’m afraid by her 21st it will be more brick-like in color but it was all in all a very pleasant celebration and a special way to do it.

10 Responses to “A Belated Daughter Dinner”

  1. JeffS says:

    Happy Birthday, Daughter!

  2. Ave says:

    Happy Birthday to my most Spectacular Niece! Your Aunti loves you very much.

  3. Happy belated birthday to your daughter!

    We have a similar tradition here, too. Hubby is Hungarian, so we do the Tokaji Essencias for their birth years. These wines age well 🙂

  4. Dr Alice says:

    I don’t know if you read the WSJ, but their former wine columnists used to have Open That Bottle Night once a year (specifically to open the bottles you’ve been saving up for a special occasion). It didn’t have to be a great bottle of wine, just a meaningful one. This sounds like that sort of celebration.

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Aggie, I love Tokaji Aszu!

  6. JeffS says:

    Hey, I just realized, your Daughter can vote, Mr. Bingley! Just in time for the 2012 elections.

  7. Bill N says:

    Happy Birthday young Ms. B

  8. nightfly says:

    Happy 18th, Ms. Bings!

  9. Chancy girl says:

    Gave the youngest offspring a case of 1997 Lafite as a wedding gift. The wine is doing better than the marriage. Wonder who will get custody.

  10. Mr. Bingley says:

    Ah Chancy. Have to talk to you about Claude!

    I love my parents, but there is one thing (well, three things actually) I simply can not forgive them for: I graduated HS in 1982, college in 1986, and I got married in 1989. These were only the 3 finest vintages of the past century. It is inconceivable to me that my parents failed to buy me cases of Chateau Latour for each of these years.

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