What did I love @ the LDM, Louis/Dressner tasting? Well, the wines! Mr. Dressner, while looking fine, was not in the best of moods. He hung in there but I bet he was disappointed many of his vignerons were stuck behind the wall of volcanic ash and not on Lafayette Street. Then Obama was in town. Mr. O promised to show, but never did. He has no idea what he's missing. We could have set the White House right. Then because of the traffic, the food was stuck on the Brooklyn Bridge. But that was okay. We were more than well taken care of! Jean-Paul Brun always has something surprising to show. And If you're looking for a great Cremant, he's got one. Cremant de Bourgogne, NV--fizz and mineral. Totally refreshing. House sparkling stuff. VDP Roussane '08! Charming. Charming. Charming. for the '09 Beaujo? Brouilly-- had lots of ground ivy and you know how I love that. Fleurie--angularity Damien Coquelet Chiroubles '09--velvet and easy on the eyes. Georges Descombes '07 Bouilly VV--this held my interest. '07 Morgon VV--depth, the fruit is deep inside the texture. Baudry '09 Rose alert! This is one for you. Sorry, anti-flavorites, there's plenty of it here. Domaine de la Pepiere I liked the '07 Granite de Clisson so much I went out and bought a magnum. the '09 Clos des Briords was so ripe, it reminded me of Luneau-Papin '08 Gras Moutons---now, that one was tart & angular. Like a feisty friend. Thierry Puzelat (what a great surprise. I had no idea he dodged the volcano) It was a Puzelat day. Everything was shining. His '09's are brilliant. '09 Touraine Blanc le P'tit Blanc--cheap and extremely cheerful. Yum. '08 Bouisson Pouilleux-- If you're looking for a sauvignon blanc to shock--go for this. VA on the nose but plenty of thrill. '09 Touraine Gamay La Butte--Atypical but terrific.Flesh, kirsch, brooding and a great and long finish. '09 Cheverny Rouge--velvet, acid, pure delish. Franck Peillot From Bugey, such a nice gu. '08 Rousette de Bugey Altesse---dusty lemons in campania Eric Texier Can't wait to visit him in June '09 Fukuoka--he uses 27 grapes in this one, kind of like the Hearty Burgundy of old. Anti-flavor alert. '08 blanc--east '07 Chateauneuf blanc--the world's only refreshing CnP Blanc. melon and lemon '08 Brezeme--polished '07 Brezeme Rouge VV domaine de pergault no notes. Best overheard statement after a guest tasted the '07 Chateauneuf -du-pape "That is spectacular' the guest said after he spit. The wine was big, it was '07. As the man walked away and Eric said, "It may be spectacular, but I don't like it." Bera Vittorio& Figli I love these wines, the Moscato d'asti is so damned delicate '06 Dolcetto--needs time. '07 Barbera d;Asti Ronco Malo, like a red lemon sauce with spark. Maule, La Biancara '09 Veneto Bianco Masierie---damn those notes, garganega and plenty of stars. But the CRAZIEST wine for me for the day was the '08 Rosso Masieri --merlot. Cigarette ash and plum? Crazy. In one of those silly moments, I passed up the Roagna, I barely tasted at Radikon. You see, I see others taking intense notes on all of the wines, and with a little more Virgo in my chart, I would too. But I did finish up with some of Francesca Padovani's pretty, pretty wines from Tuscany. Go for the ;04 Brunello --with it's rustic, spicy, grippiness. Arianni Occhipintii? Everyone's darling! New vintages step up to the plate. Like the '09 SP 68--this has got a month maceration and it is a very lush and meaty wine. Then the '07 Frappato--getting better every minute ,edge, cherry, tar---and two months of maceration. The food finally arrived, Obama didn't. I left. And promised to return that night to Ten Bells.