Archive for April, 2009

Death Match Last Meal ’09 – this is all gone!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Joe has gotten himself together long enough to send along this list of the wines, beers and other drinks that accompanied the Death Match Last Meal. Read it and weep!

The Wine: (More than 92 bottles worth if you do the math!)

12 x Broadbent, Vinho Verde N/V
Bellenda, Brut Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene “San Fermo”, 1.5l
Bellavista, Brut Franciacorta Cuvée, 1.5l
Perrier-Jouët, Brut Champagne Cuvée Belle Epoque “Fleur de Champagne” 1990, 3.0l (Jeroboam)
6 x Lustau, Amontillado Jerez Puerto de Santa Maria “Almacenista Jose Luis Gonzalez Obregon” N/V
Georg Breuer, Riesling QbA Rheingau Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg 2004, 3.0l (1 of 30 Produced)
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Riesling Spätlese Trocken Pfalz Forster Kirchenstück 1997, 1.5l
St. Michael-Eppan, Sauvignon Alto Adige “Sanct Valentin” 2004
6 x Bodegas Aragonesas, Campo de Borja “Coto de Hayas” Rosado 2007
Estancia, Meritage Alexander Valley 1989, 1.5l
Tramonti, Chianti Classico 2004, 3.0l
Nicolis, Veronese IGT “Testal” 2001, 1.5l
Poggio Amorelli, Toscana IGT “Oracolo” 2003, 3.0l
Domaine Henri Perrot-Minot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1999, 1.5l
Domaine Jean Chauvenet, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Rue de Chaux 2001, 1.5l
Louis Bernard, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999, 1.5l
Domaine de Vieux Télégraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” 1997, 1.5l
Château Lamartine, Cahors Cuvée Particulière 2004
Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera, Ribera del Duero “Janus” Gran Reserva 1995
Château Musar, Bekaa Valley 1999
Hanzell, Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley 1990, 1.5l (Signed by Bob Sessions)
Marchesi di Barolo, Barolo “Grande Annata” Riserva 1988
William Hill Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1990, 5.0l (Imperial)
Librandi, Val di Neto IGT “Gravello” 2003
Tenuta Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
Ridge, “Geyserville” Sonoma County 1999, 1.5l
Fauchon, Sauternes “Réserve” 1995, 375ml
Foreau, Vouvray Moelleux Domaine du Clos Naudin 1995
Wegeler-Deinhard, Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 1990

m, Riesling Beerenauslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Trittenheimer Apotheke 1989
Fonseca, Reserve Porto “Terra Bella” N/V
Château de Montpezat, Coteaux du Languedoc “Palombières” 2003
Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero 2001
Mt. Difficulty, Pinot Noir Central Otago 2004, 1.5l
Etude, Pinot Noir Carneros 2004
2 x John Duval Wines, Shiraz Barossa Valley “Entity” 2005
Niebaum-Coppola, Zinfandel Napa Valley “Edizione Pennino” 1999 (Signed by Francis Ford Coppola)
Masciarelli, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Villa Gemma” Riserva 2000
Marchesi di Barolo, Barolo Cannubi 2004
Jean-Luc Colombo, Cornas Les Ruchets 1998
Bollinger, Brut Champagne “La Grande Année” 1999

The Beer:

G. Schneider & Sohn, “Wiesen Edel-Weisse” Hefeweizen, Kelheim, Germany, 20l (1/6 Barrel)
St. Bernardus, “Abt 12” Quadrupel, Watou, Belgium, 20l (1/6 Barrel)
Harviestoun, “Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12” Old Ale, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, 40l (Cask)
Castle Eggenberg, “Samichlaus Bier” Doppelbock, Eggenberg, Austria, 3.0l
24 x Geary’s, “Wee Heavy” Scottish Ale, Portland, Maine, 12 oz. bottles
24 x Geary’s, Imperial IPA, Portland, Maine, 12 oz. bottles
12 x Anheuser-Busch, “Bud Light Lime” Beer, 12 oz. bottles (F’n Spider)
6 x Falstaff Brewing Company, “Ballantine XXX” Ale, 16 oz. cans (F’n Gerry)
Lots x Pabst Brewing Company, “Pabst Blue Ribbon” Beer, 12 oz. bottles, 12 & 16 oz. cans

The Hooch:

Lillet, Apéritif Blanc, France
Cointreau, Triple Sec Liqueur, France
Cock-Russell & Co., “Boodles British Gin” London Dry Gin, England
Lucid, Absinthe “Supérieure”, France
Leblon, Cachaça, Brasil
Herredura, Tequila “Silver”, Mexico
Don Julio, Tequila “Reserva de Don Julio” Blanco, Mexico

Death Match Last Meal ’09

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Reports are that FEMA should reach John and Joe’s place sometime early next week. Helicopters circling overhead report that most of the revelers are down off the roof.

Death Match Last Meal, for which sixteen chefs (culled from the areas most masochistic amateurs and professionals) produced eigtheen courses, arranged in ascending order from Hell through Purgatory and finally up to heaven. This sixth marathon of mastication was a good one… with a whole leg of jamón ibérico de bellota, wines in magnum jeroboam and other large-size bottles, some rare beers from near and far, a cross section of Portland’s food industry and broken plumbing in the sink.

For the real story, JohnnyD, former sea urchin diver and the Edward R. Murrow of the Death Matches, is filing his reports over at eGullet. And Zach Bowen, who took most of the photos for the DM Last Meal book (yep, there was a book detailing the imagined last suppers of each of the chefs), has posted over 350 photos of the event on Picassa.

I had many favorites, and I don’t think there were any serious missteps, as an event of this sort might produce, but the dishes that stick in my mind include: Leslie’s tagliatelle with shaved white truffle (I like this dish even more because of her earlier panicked mid-afternoon phone call about the homemade pasta giving her trouble); Nolan’s candied pulled pork over popovers; Stephen and Merry’s shortrib pot pies with a perfect crust (65 of the little buggers); the trays and trays of Erik’s beautiful little quail; and of course Samantha’s perfect pound cake.

Cocktail master John Myers was on hand to start us out with (appropriately enough) a Corpse Reviver #2, famous from the great Savoy Cocktail Book. I will have to wait for the list before taking a shot at talking about the wines, but there were some very generous folks who pulled gems from their cellars to share.

More soon, We’re still recovering.

Death by Dinner

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 has a great little historical survey of some figures throughout the ages who have died at the hand of their food. A personal favorite: Francis Bacon who died from pneumonia contracted while stuffing snow into a chicken – inventing refrigeration! A death bed letter indicates he thought he had succeeded.

"Who wants to visit the farm?"

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

A child’s view of meat ethics in this week’s Sunday NYTimes. With characteristically great artwork by Tamara Shopsin & Jason Fulford.  Tamara is a great graphic designer, and a member of the oh so talented Shopsin family

Record high prices for maple syrup

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

The price of maple syrup is up to $60 a gallon, but will Maine’s syrup producers benefit?