This weekend, my mother came to visit from North Carolina. We had a great weekend and celebrated Mother’s Day a little early.
The weekend started off with our Saturday afternoon tasting. My mom arrived while we were pouring 2015 Florensac Rose, 2014 Lafond Lirac Blanc, 2013 Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet, 2014 Bouchard Bourgogne Rouge, and 2014 Turley Juvenile Zinfandel. It was wonderful line up of wines and, probably, the best way to start her weekend in Atlanta. Later, we took a stroll around the neighborhood before going to dinner at Floataway Café. My mom brought some wines she bought from a tasting with the wine maker of Balo Winery in Anderson Valley. Their Pinot Noir Blanc went perfectly with our selection of oysters. And we enjoyed their Pinot Noir with pan seared north Georgia trout (my dish), baked flounder (mom’s pick), and a number of tasty sides, including root vegetables, asparagus, and chick peas.
Our Sunday could not have been more beautiful and relaxing. We took full advantage of the beautiful weathe, and spent the day walking around Piedmont park. My mom brought her dog Bella, so we walked over to the dog park and let her run around with all of the other pups. Like many of our fellow ATLiens, we decided to walk down the Beltline and enjoy the various displays of creativity. Ponce City Market was slammed this Sunday (no surprise), but we were able to grab a table in the outdoor section of Bellina in no time. Their fresh salads and cheese and charcuterie board hit the spot.
After spending the day walking in the hot sun, we realized the best plan would be to see a movie, make dinner at home, and go to bed. So, we saw A Hologram for the King with Tom Hanks at the Midtown Cinema. And back at my house, I made an Asian inspired jasmine rice bowl with fresh, chopped veggies, a soft boiled egg, homemade peanut dressing and fresh green onion and cilantro. I’ll admit dinner was delicious, but it was not as delicious as the 2012 Francois Carillon Saint Aubin premier cru Les Charmois. I was excited to share this wine with my mom because she and I both love white Burgundy. This bottle was my gift to her. It was fresh with lemon and an almost marine-like minerality. While it burst with bright acidity at first, it finished with a lovely rounded smoothness. It was perfect.
It was the most pleasant weekend, filled with good food, good wines and, most of all, great company (A.K.A. my mom).