Friday 2/2: Great Dinner & 2005 RODNEY STRONG PINOT NOIR

Friday morning brought a change in our weather although early in the a.m. the streets were still a little icy. Nice, uneventful day at the office led into a somewhat busy weekend. #1 and I had been trying to get together with a couple we met soon after moving to The Rock and were finally able to tonight. We had a new babysitter who actually lives right behind us and the kids really liked her so I'm sure we'll use her again. We started our night off with our friends with some nice conversation at the house over a smooth glass of 05 Quail Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. I've written about this wine before so you know my thoughts on it. Everyone whose been over that I've poured a glass for really enjoys it. After a little small talk and the obligatory tour of the new house, we headed over to Chenal Country Club.
Now we've made a lot of friends since moving to Little Rock, many who belong to this club and have tried to get us to join, but we've been resistant figuring that we weren't "country club" people to borrow a line similar to one Ben Stiller delivered in "Flirting with Disaster" when he was accused by a bed and breakfast owner of not being a "B & B" person. See that if you haven't but I digress. We sat in the lounge area of the club next to a crackling fireplace and were promptly waited on. I ordered a glass of the 05 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir which was so good I followed up with a second glass over dinner. Full of deep, rich, intense fruit with a medium body and excellent finish. I've tried different Rodney Strong wines over the years and don't think that I've ever been disappointed but this one was exceptionally good. Dinner was probably one of the best meals we've had out since moving to Little Rock. The dining room is extremely cozy, wait staff top-notch and the conversation ranged from children to travel to wine to whatever came to mind. I had a stuffed pork chop with some type of light, golden cream sauce that I was disappointed came to an end with my last bite. #1 and everyone else had an orange roughy special that was also excellent. Dessert brought a perfectly prepared creme' brulee that was one of the best I've had in some time. Just an excellent night overall and we look forward to going out with this couple again in the very near future. We may also look into joining the club with a social membership which provides everything with the exception of golf which I've cut back on considerably since moving to this warmer weather climate. I would never have imagined that I finally move to a place where I can pretty much play golf year round and then don't take advantage of it. Maybe in the coming years. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!

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