I prefer white wines, especially Reislings and Gruner Veltliners with Asian food, so I brought along a 2004 F X Pichler Gruner Veltliner Kellerberg Smaragd. From the Wachau region of Austria this was an absolutely stunning bottle of wine. It possessed wonderful balance and acidity while imparting an interesting hint of pepper on the palate. The finish was clean and lengthy. A wine with soul. All Pichler wines come from one of their single vineyard sites. $65.
My son-in-laws both are red wine only kinda guys, so I brought a 2001 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas les Ruchets. While the style appears a bit modern to me (70% new oak) the wine had a wonderful peppery palate, was medium-bodided and nicely balanced. It drank nicely, however, I would drink up any remaining bottles as I think the wine is nearing its end. $75. Wine Legend, Livingston, NJ.
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