Wednesday, 5/16, San Francisco, CA
You're seeing a first, I think, today. A real-time posting and a double review as I had two really good wines that I just had to write about. I started out my day with a breakfast meeting at Starbucks on Stockton and started my evening with a meeting at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. As soon as I walked into the lobby I noticed a table set up where the attendant promptly asked if I would like a glass of wine. Realizing that this was part of their happy hour service, and free at that, I quickly answered yes and was treated to a glass of Rex Goliath Chardonnay. No review on that wine as I didn't take the time to analyze it during my meeting. It was just another beverage today.
After my meeting I headed out towards Union Square and came across a non-descript Thai restaurant. Not having any Thai food since moving to Arkansas, do we even have Thai restaurants, I promptly got a seat and proceeded to enjoy a nice dish of Pad Ki Maw. I'm sure that's not how you spell it but you get the idea. After that delicious, inexpensive meal, I returned to my hotel and up to the Grandviews Lounge on the 36th floor. I lucked out and had a seat right next to the window with the excellent view I mentioned yesterday. One thing I failed to mention is that you can also see the TransAmerica building as well as two buildings that have these huge, American flags, flapping in the wind, that are lit up at night. Very nice. I ordered the 2005 La Crema Pinot Noir as I've always liked the wines from La Crema and felt that I had a good chance of receiving a good glass of wine. Needless to say the Grand Hyatt has redeemed itself. This wine was full of cherry, plum and nutmeg aromas which were followed up with cherry and strawberry flavors in the mouth. A touch of oak and a nice, cool, smooth finish, made for a great glass of wine. I gave $13/glass, San Francisco hotel prices you know, so I'm not sure what this retails for. I'm guessing $18-20 but that's only a guess. I will say that I didn't feel bad paying the $13 and easily gave this one 4 Corkscrews. It could have very easily rated 5 Corkscrews had I had a little company to enjoy it with, namely #1, but alas I'm all alone in the big city. Great wine, highly recommended! I was on a roll so I ordered a follow-up glass of a heavier wine with my review of that to follow. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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