The Prince of Napa is back in town, and a few weeks ago he invited me to join a "casual BYOB dinner". When I asked him what the theme for the evening was, I was told there was no theme... BUT someone was apparently planning on bringing a 1997 Abreu. Well, I know that my friend often drinks with people who pop open bottles of Jayer, DRC, and old Bordeaux First Growths without a second thought... but c'mon! 1997 Abreu is not a casual bottle for most of us mere mortals.
Anyway, I decided to bring something appropriate to match, and showed up tonight at Elite Dining (優粵閣). This space used to be Guo Fu Lou (國福樓), back when they had a macaron. Apparently it is now run by Elite Concepts, who also runs Nanhai No. 1 (南海一號) right downstairs. Given that I'm not a fan of either that establishment nor sister restaurant Ye Shanghai (夜上海), I wasn't particularly excited about the food we'd be having tonight.
The menu was preset for our little group in the private room, and the restaurant was kind enough to provide each of us with a few glasses. But with the hodgepodge of wines tonight, I was constantly rinsing my glasses with water before switching to the next bottle...
Aaaaaaaand then there were the wines. The 11 of us ended up with 15 bottles, and would have been 16 had someone not left behind her 2000 Colgin Tychson Hill in a taxi before showing up at dinner. Lots of wine + high proportion of alcoholic Californians = TOAST.