The Wines of 2001 (Cooking with Linux)

I’m trying to live up to my promise to create a list of all the wines recommended in my “Cooking with Linux” column these eight plus years. I managed to put together the 2000 list a few days ago. Now, it’s time to visit 2001. 2001 marked the second year of Cooking with Linux. After a year running the restaurant, I decided it was finally time to upgrade the wine list with some actual suggestions. What follows is the list for this second year. Notice that specific vintages and vintners are now suggested. Mostly gone are the generic recommendations. Enjoy!

  • In January, I sensed that a Medoc might well be in order, say a Cos-d’Estournel.
  • For the month of February, I had my faithful waiter bring up the 1996 Meursault Genevrieres from the cellar.
  • Somehow, in March, I just knew the 1997 Vouvray Cuvee Constance would be wonderful.
  • April called for a 1990 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts. Nothing like a good Burgundy to discuss networks.
  • In May, I suggested the 1997 Chilean Petite Syrah for our guests.
  • June . . . a Tuscany wine. François brought the 1990 Olmaia up from the cellar.
  • In July, I said, “François, go to the cellar and fetch the 1996 Hill of Grace from Australia.”
  • Next came August, and the 1989 Alsace Riesling was drinking wonderfully.
  • In September, we had a 1998 Clos de Vougeot in the cellar that I think satisfied everyone’s taste buds that evening.
  • When October rolled around, I had François head to the cellar to bring up the 1998 Chambertin.
  • François, it is November. Away to the cellar and bring up the 1996 Stellenbosch immédiatement.
  • December . . . the holiday season. The 1997 Volnay-Santenots du Milieu was a wonderful choice.

Incidentally, 2001 also marked the column’s first Readers’ Choice Award for favorite column. Restaurant Chez Marcel was here to stay. At least for one more year.

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