Pity Eggs. I always had a wonderful Easter, as each year my parents put on an early morning hunt for myself and my sisters to hunt for our individual baskets. These were beautiful, old-fashioned wicker baskets overflowing with the chocolates we loved and cleverly hidden by my parents to make them all the more sweet when we finally found them. Examples of hiding places: trash cans, under a pile of bricks, behind the Christmas decorations in the basement, etc. All right, but where in this Rockwellian picture come the Pity Eggs. Well you need to understand Anderson Time, my parents were never less than 30 minutes late to anything in their lives; hence Anderson Time. After our hunt at home we would join our relatives for our local club's egg hunt and then brunch. If you've ever been to a large Easter egg hunt you know they last exactly five minutes! Well year after year I hit the grass 25 minutes late to find empty tin foil. Don't worry, I would eventually get mine at brunch, invariably the person in the rabbit suit (isn't there always a person in a rabbit suit?) would notice my empty basket and deliver eggs and other treats to fill my quota; Pity Eggs. Now you have to remember that whatever I received at the club, I already had a beautiful basket at home brimming with Easter chocolates. No real harm done. At Woodhouse you know we can help you "fill that basket", in fact we can send that basket. As you can see we have an assortment that ranges from 10" rabbits to solid classic rabbits to bunnies that just can't seem to stop laughing. Add in ducks and chicks, an assortment of filled eggs, as well as vegetables and you have the makings of a fabulous Easter celebration. No need for Pity Eggs here! Happy Easter everyone!
John and Tracy Wood Anderson
Belle Glos may not be an instantly familiar name, but its heritage is Napa Valley gold. Founded by winemaker Joseph Wagner and named in honor of his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, Belle Glos makes some of the best American Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted. But wait, Wagner, Wagner, Wagner, oh yeah, a little winery named Caymus has a bunch of Wagners. Yes, that's his family winery where his father and grandparents were founders and what they have done for cabernet, Joe is doing for Pinot Noir. He produces three Pinots, one each from coastal Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara County vineyards. We tasted the 2009 Belle Glos, Clark & Telephone Vineyard from Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County ($44). We discovered aromas of cherry, currants, black cherry and smoke while the palate rewarded us with vanilla, cassis, cherry and dark chocolate. An extremely well balanced wine with a long finish. I have tried all three of the wines multiple times and they are among the very best, but Pinot with chocolate?
Yes, indeed! Beautiful with the Champagne Truffle (brings out the vanilla), Sur del Lago (compliments the fruitiness and chocolate in the wine), Thai Ginger, Honey, Praline Noisette, Quatre Epices and Wild Cherry.
Belle Glos is not the easiest wine to find, but it is well worth the effort and when you do find it put some away, it's even better with a little age.