After a busy week, Michele and I planned to have a quiet lunch at home. I had a 1999 Burgundy that I wanted to open.
Savigny-les-Beaune 1999 Robert Ampeau et Fils made from 100% made from 100% Pinot Noir. This is a complex and elegant wine, fruity but firm with hints of raspberry, blackberry, violets and a note of leather. It is drinking very nicely
We started with a few slices of smoked duck breast with sweet and spicy Pineapple Apricot Chutney from Saints Preserve Us!, a Brooklyn based company and some grainy mustard. Michele also sauteed the liver from our main course chicken with red onions and a bit of aged balsamic vinegar to eat on crostini.
The roasted spatchcocked chicken was a heritage bird from Eataly. Before roasting, it was rubbed with garlic and herbs from the garden. Crisp skin and firm yet tender meat made for a perfect roast chicken dinner.
String beans with Caesar dressing.
More heirlooms, this time Greenmarket tomatoes in a salad with fresh oregano, olive oil and onions.
Grappa poured over home made blueberry and cantaloup Ices
Grappa Capo di Stato from Loredan Gasparini made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
We wanted caffé but it was a warm day so I made us each a Shakerato, espresso shaken with ice, and in this case a little milk, until it is foamy. Very refreshing.