Wine and Dinner

Yesterday, I ate dinner at Jitka’s apartment, mostly with people in Nick’s group (the biology group).  Michael (a visiting scientist) will be returning to California after a long visit between here (although he left here to go to Africa for bit).  There were seven of us at this farewell dinner.  Michael enjoys fine wines, so he shared some of his favorites from this region with us.  We started with a Riesling from the Domäne Wachau winery, one of the vineyards in the Vienna Wachau region.  Michael says it is one of the less expensive wineries of the region, but it can compete with the wineries that are more expensive.  The next two wines were also from Domäne Wachau, a Grüner Veltliner and a sparkling Riesling.  Then, we ate a feast: Salmon, Couscous, and Veggies.  It was delicious.  We also had yet another wine, this time from the Santa Cruz area.  Ridge Home or something like that.  Michael bought the bottle in Dubai on his way back from Africa, and said the cost there is at least one fourth the price you would pay for the 2001 bottle in California.  The final wine of our evening was another Grüner Veltliner, but this one was very sweet, so it made a good dessert wine.  I’m not sure where it was from, other than some place in Austria.  It was a nice evening.

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