Berkeley, May 13, 2011—FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH, the only one this year. We were invited to the home of a new acquaintance: he wanted to introduce us to the Oakland East Bay Symphony, which I had never heard; and to sweeten the deal he threw in dinner. Alas, last-minute complications required the simplest of preparations; we were content with a tomato-based vegetable soup, a couple of good cheeses (Havarti; Cambozola), and a creamy green salad; for dessert, a ten-fruit frullato, much like those we used to enjoy fifty years ago at the old Il Piccolo on Telegraph Avenue. Nice supper.
"Viva La Blanc" (60% Sauvignon blanc, 40% Chardonnay), Rock Wall Wines, 2009; Sancerre, Daniel Chotard, 2009; Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Rock Wall, 2009