Chez Nous
Hedonist's Gazette

Chez Parker

Coming from a generation that thought no one over 30 could be trusted, and that anyone over 40 must be old, dreary, and incapable of enjoying life, I must say I never dreamed I could feel so good, be so happy, or still enjoy the finest things in life in such an uncensored, uncomplicated way at age 63. Perhaps the sixties are the new forties, although it does seem that at some point the biological clock will begin to run...

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Lunch at Home With French Friends

Several good friends from France were coming through Maryland, so my wife and I had them to our house for lunch and decided to dig deep for some of the cellar’s treasures. Of course, the food wasn’t bad either, especially the Daniel Boulud smoked salmon and the Russ and Daughters’ herring in sour cream. However, the highlight of the lunch was probably the 45-day dry-aged prime steaks from Bryan Flannery in Corte Madera, California. Everyone but me loved the 1982 Krug. (I found...

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Dinner at Home

Southern Rhône’s most influential and talented oenologist was on a tour of the East Coast, and since I have come to know him well over my many visits, in addition to my enormous respect for him, I invited him for dinner. We started with a sensational Aubert 2005 Chardonnay Reuling Vineyard from magnum. Extraordinary notes of bees wax, honey, nectarine, crushed rock, and white currant soared from the glass of this full-bodied yet remarkably fresh wine, which shows virtually no oak given...

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Dinner at Home (Part 2)

Honoring Park B. Smith and Philippe Cambie With my wife’s homemade Clams Casino (the best I’ve ever tasted) and my spaghetti and meatballs (I’ll be quite egotistical here and say they’re as good as it gets), we had an incredible array of Châteauneuf du Papes. The only wine that was somewhat of a disappointment was the 1978 Fortia. About 25% of the bottle was sediment, and I have had better bottles. The wine was still intact, but it was overwhelmed...

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New Years Eve Chez Parker

A very simple New Year’s Eve, enjoying the best of some of my favorite foods, including the relatively rare and hard-to-get Taylor Bay Scallops, which are purchased live in their shells and, because they are extremely perishable, need to be cooked within 24 to 48 hours of receipt. They are tiny, jewel-like scallops with a unique flavor that reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a mussel and a sea scallop. They’re delicious, but they have to be cooked fastidiously,...

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Christmas Dinner Chez Parker

The centerpiece of our Christmas feast was a full Private Reserve prime rib of beef from Bryan Flannery in Corte Madera, California, as well as several prime rib of beef caps, while the wines were a group of seven magnums and one regular bottle each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. The two whites, which were both delicious, included a magnum of non-vintage Blanc de Blancfrom the under-the-radar, tiny artisanal house of Genet. This delicious, pure, crisp, light to medium-bodied Champagne is not...

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Chez Parker....Italian Style

These fabulous wines were the centerpiece of an incredible day of food and wine at the home of Bob and Pat Parker. For lunch Pat prepared a fabulous tomato and cucumber salad followed by an outrageous moussaka. Bob took the reigns at dinner, and served a delicious grilled whole Pacific wild salmon, followed by marinated pork and beef, both from Brian Flannery. The wines were opened in the late morning and we tasted them throughout the day and well into...

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Dinner at Home With Friends

For me there are no better products across the board than the offerings from northern California’s Bryan Flannery (lamb, organic free-range capons, prime dry-aged beef, Kubota pork, and heads-on fresh Gulf of Mexico shrimp). Once you taste never frozen, freshly caught, heads-on shrimp, you realize just what a difference it makes. I have always felt the finest shrimp in America were the spotted prawns that come from Santa Barbara (Flannery is also my go to source for those since they...

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Dinner at Home With Friends

At a dinner with friends, I decided to pull some older California Cabernet Sauvignons from my cellar to see how they were holding up. One of the guests brought two bottles of 2005 white Burgundies, both outstanding. The Remoissenet 2005 Meursault-Perrières was pure, crisp, medium to full-bodied, and young revealing good minerality, freshness, and depth. It should drink well for at least a decade. I had a slight preference for the Louis Jadot 2005 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières, which possessed more...

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