What a great way to take the edge off the workweek. Denise and I met Mark and his friend Marina at the Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. It was in the Veranda Room, my new favorite bar. The beautiful ocean views faded to black with nightfall, but sax player Plas Johnson and band kept it ively.
I enjoyed the William Fevre Chablis along with a killer cheese plate. the Chablis was loaded with minerals and a great lemon zest flavor. Lovely acidity made the match with the cheese just about perfect. A great start to a great evening.
Later Mark joined me in a Boxcar Syrah, from the Red Car Wine Company. What doesn't go into their high-end Syrah, goes here. It has a great sense of earth about it, and a good nose full of blueberry jam. Peppery notes highlight the satisfying finish. I met Carroll Kemp, the owner of Red Car Wine Company, at a tasting in West Los Angeles a while back. He's a great guy who makes some great wine.