At that time, I was not one of those informed tasters, and I swilled most of the glasses down with abandon. I did remember particularly enjoying a California version of a Bordeaux blend which they told us was called Insignia. I wish I'd sipped on that one, because when we found out that it retailed for about $125 per bottle, suddenly the polite tasting attendees were throwing elbows like Dennis Rodman while they scrambled to grab the extra glasses of that prime juice from the extra settings of glasses for people who failed to show up.
Finally I (and you, if I don't elbow you out of the way) have the chance to make amends and try that delightful wine again. Palm Restaurant downtown is hosting a dinner featuring the wines of Joseph Phelps next Tuesday, July 26, beginning with a reception at 6:30 and dinner at 7. The dinner costs $125 for members of Palm's (free) 837 frequent diners' club and $25 more if you haven't filled out your 837 application yet. Trust me, you'll get in if you apply. Heck, even I got in.
That may sound like a big chunk of change, but consider the fact that it's a six-course dinner with accompanying Joseph Phelps wines with every course. Including Insignia. Check out the menu:
Soft Poached Farm Egg Carbonara with cavatelli, spring peas & fresh bacon
Joseph Phelps, Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Napa
Pan Roasted Stuffed Quail stuffed with Almonds, Apples, Manchego Cheese and Thyme over a Mashed Potatoes and Sherry Wine Pan Sauce
Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007, Sonoma
Tennessee Heirloom Tomato Salad
Marinated red onions, bibb lettuce, and a Creamy Point Reyes Bleu Cheese Dressing
Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2008, Sonoma
Roasted Colorado Lamb Chops
Wild Mushroom & Onion Risotto Cake
Pancetta-Spinach Sauté, Cabernet and roasted garlic demi glace
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley
Prime Filet of Beef over a Jerusalem artichoke puree & brussels sprout leaves sautéed with cranberries
Topped with foie gras compound butter
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006, Napa
with lemon and mascarpone cream
Joseph Phelps Eisrébe Late Harvest Dessert Wine 2008, Napa
That sounds incredibly decadent to me, but I think you're worth it. Reservations are limited. Contact Paige Dixon at (615) 742-3193 or email@example.com.