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Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Henry Bain Sauce

Another life-long Louisvillian here... I agree with tbaden. I've always seen it as a condiment/side sauce rather than as part of the cooking process. Classic way to serve: Cold or room temp, on little "Camelot Buns" (buttery cross between a biscuit and a roll) from Louisville's Camelot bakery. Spoon the Henry Bain onto the meat, and close the sandwich.

Also, my recipe calls for a few pickled walnuts in the sauce. (Run walnuts & sauce through a blender or food processor.) They're not always easy to find, but add a certain tang to it!

Aug 30, 2011
jules7ky in Recipes

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

The port and the Valpolicella... Only one way to find out.

GERONIMOOoooooo..... i'll let y'all know how we do. ;)

Jun 22, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Hmmm but I'm wondering about the regional strawberry & blackberry bottles... They aren't as old as the Ancient Ones, but I know from experience that they simply don't age well, and turn to vinegar if you don't drink them soon enough.

It just never occurred to me that it was VINEGAR... I always thought of it as "wine gone bad". This could be really really interesting, as i teach "Cooking with herbs" and a few salad-based classes.

Jun 22, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Absolutely... after this experience, I think we'll at least take a sip of the others. Am I correct in assuming that the reds have a better chance of aging well than the whites? Or is that too much a generalization?

And I'm not familiar with a "vinegar pot"... sounds interesting?

Jun 22, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

oh. my. I just found more bottles in this wine rack. Probably nothing rare or expensive... but it looks like the oldest is a bottle of Fetzer Mendocino port, 1978. Two more Chardonnays, a Pat Paulsen Sauvignon Blanc 1984 (bargain bin again!), 3 bottles of regional strawberry and raspberry wines that are most certainly dead, and from Bolla, Le Poiane Jago Valipolicello Classico 1994.

Looks like this rack has become our crisper drawer for wines. I think I'll start a new thread, and impose on The Wine Board's patience a little while longer, if I may!!

Jun 22, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Hmmm... tasting note. I'm a total novice at this, you understand, and we decided not to drink the rest of the bottle, so I'll be going from memory.

The first impression I had was that it was simply weak. Not much character to it at all. The flavor wasn't unpleasant, and it actually went well enough with the garlic-lime chicken we were having for dinner, but it seemed flat.

I don't normally care for Chardonnay, and it seemed that the element in Chard that I don't like was missing - if that makes any sense at all. There was also none of the dryness on my tongue that I associate with tannins... I could tell it was wine, it was definitely alcoholic, it was not sweet in the least, but it was as if someone removed half of the taste and added a little water to the rest.

How's that? I'm wishing now that I had made a few notes!

Jun 22, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Yes - The cork was too loose for the corkscrew to grip it, and slid into the bottle.

Jun 22, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Hunt, we tried it last night - with backup, as you suggested, and are both still breathing! (At least I assume my husband is - he's at work.)

It wasn't great, but was definitely drinkable (to our admittedly uneducated palates). As I told Jason in an earlier post, "Ignorance is bliss" in this case! It makes for a good water-cooler story, at any rate. Thanks so much for the advice!

Learning as we go...

Jules

Jun 21, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Jason... It was the Santa Cruz Mountains....

And all I can say is "Ignorance is bliss". ;)
Don't misunderstand me - I 've had many wines that I'd prefer to this, and am usually more a bourbon drinker. But for a little Adventure... makes a good story, heh heh.

By the way... my husband just remarked that Rory McIlroy was BORN the year this wine was corked. I feel the story forming, to be told at the office tomorrow.

Livin' on the edge....
- Jules

Jun 20, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Oh. my. goodness. It's actually drinkable. And to our (admittedly uneducated) taste - NOT BAD at all. I've had much worse-tasting wine in my life!

Thank you all for your advice and comments - I'm sure I'll be back, as I continue to learn!

Cheers and good health to all y'all! - Jules

Jun 20, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

No worries for the salad - we'll smell/taste first. Whatever is in this bottle, it's perfectly clear, and seems to be a shade of amber (The bottle is light green, so it's hard to tell.)

Jun 20, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Thanks, Brad - that's what I was looking for... and since I probably paid $2.50 - $3.00 for this bottle, it's no huge loss. It's simply a little Adventure.

Jun 20, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Thank you so much! We'll give it a try tomorrow night, just for kicks. And as far as storage goes... I have my eye on a somewhat underground room in our house - the old "coal bin" which is under the front porch. It always seems to be "sweater weather" down there. Maybe it's time to put a thermometer in, and start monitoring the temp a little.

Jun 19, 2011
jules7ky in Wine

old bottle of chardonnay - will curiosity kill the cat?

Hi! We just re-discovered a bottle of David Bruce Chardonnay from 1989... I think I bought it from the "bargain bin" in '89 or '90, and it's been sitting at room temperature (probably), on its side in a wine rack ever since.

I know it's beyond dead at this point - but would it be unhealthy to satisfy my curiousity as to what a 22 year old bottle of chardonnay tastes like? Or should I run (not walk) to the sink and put it out of its misery?

To add to the story, we found this poor bottle because it had leaked a little onto the floor - about a 1-inch-diameter puddle.

My husband and I are starting to get more interested in wine in general - I'm really glad to have found this board, and hope to enjoy learning more on the subject!

Thanks in advance for any answers - and feel free to laugh. I am.

Cheers and grins -

Jules

Jun 19, 2011
jules7ky in Wine