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One of the great things about celebrating my 60th birthday was the fact that we enjoyed an awful lot of great wine over the weekend. Hanging out with friends, we had the absolutely splendid 2010 Martin Codax Albarino and the 2013 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir - both perfect (if differently so) with the shrimp and lobster risotto I made.

But we also broke open some bottles that we'd gotten over the years, bottles that were actually being saved for a special occasion.

There was a 2000 Opus One…which was delicious if surprisingly delicate…not as big and bold as the wines I usually like, but absolutely delicious.

And then, there was the 2006 Archimedes, a beautifully dense cabernet from Francis Ford Coppola's vineyard…

After that, there was a 2005 Rubicon, a spectacularly flavorful cabernet from Coppola's Inglenook Winery…

And finally, the equally wonderful 2006 Apocalypse Now "Full Disclosure," a Sonoma cabernet from (natch) Francis Ford Coppola. (Obviously, I was on a Coppola tear at a certain point…)

All memorable … all luscious and satisfying and a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday.



One more thing … and definitely something to toast …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The title finally released. Five words to make most moviegoers' hearts soar. Certainly mine.

Coming on December 18, 2015.

Yippee.



That's it for this week … Have a great weekend.

See you Monday.

Slàinte!
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