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Wine Continued from page 77 wines I'm about to write about is a travesty. WS had the gall to place a 1999 Mondavi Reserve Cab rated 94 points at No.12 ahead of a 95 point Chateau Lafite. A 94 point Brunello ranked higher than a 98 point BrunellO listed in 22nd place. The highest rated wine at 99 points finished in 14th place. When queried, WS said they had their own excitement factor which affected the listing. While this year's Burgundy reds have been highly touted by many, the only Pinot Noir to make the list were two selections from Oregon. Cal- ifornia zero. Since there were no Germans or Ports good enough to make the .top 100 list; even though the ports were highly rated by most this year, I bechme curious. Research told me that many wines that were highly advertised in WS had placed quite welt on the list. Many of these I had tasted and while they were OK, to select them as one of the top 100 wines in the world while excluding the above, makes this year's list sus- pect. Please say it ain't so, Mr. Shanken Next I visited Chez la Mer in Rehoboth Beach the other night, and learned of their tremendous wine promo from barkeep extra- ordinaire Tom. Tom has been holding down the fort at Chez for many years and his "by the glass" program keeps him high on my list for evening visiting. On Mondays, Tom told me, Chez is doing a 50 percent off promo on all their wines con- sumed on premise. I always enjoy dinner at Chez and it was nice to see that most of the longtime staff was present. Dan, Norman and Christine are the servers and Patrick is back af- ter a long stint with US Air as a steward on their European flights. Noel is back for his third season as chef and is ably assisted by Russell, Luke and Gisela. These folks know how to welcome re- turning clientele. I chose to try three wines while I sat at the 'bar and Chatted up Tom. The first was a Porcupine Ridge South African Sauvignon Blanc 2002. It had a lovely fruit Almonds: The key to a happy marriage? Many people have received Jor- dan almonds as a wedding favor- but how many know what these sugar-coated treats symbolize? Almonds have been a part of wed- dings for many centuries around the world. In addition to being el- egant and versatile, they've come to symbolize several aspects of a happy marriage. The first literary reference to Jordan almonds comes from Italy in the 1350s. Traditionally in Ital- ian cultures, wedding guests had often tried to remove a piece of the bride's wedding attire-a flower or bow, say-for good luck. To discourage this tradition, fami- lies started giving five Jordan al- monds in a small box or bag as a Almonds are a healthful addition to many recipes. good luck "favor" instead. The five almonds symbolized five qualities for the marriage: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and Continued on page 80 Open for our lO00h Season! :::::::: No Reeerval;ione Taken 52 Baltimore Ave. www.iguanagHII.aom nose with citrus and grapefruit. The wine had a lot of acid but the fruit gave it balance and it was very appealing. Next I tried a Vil- la Maria Riesling 2001 New Zealand. Once again fruity varietal nose and balanced wine gave the ap- pearance of sweetness but fin- ished cleanly and left a clean palate. Finally a real surprise. A Silver Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select had a great Cab nose. It showed currant and ripe berries, good tannins and judi- cious use of oak with a pleasing long finish. Tom told me the wine could be had in stores for under $12. I'm going right out to buy some. Unfortunately my charming friend and the proprietress Nancy Wolf had left for the evening so I missed her smiling face. I guess no one gets the whole package. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 79 70 Reltobot Ave. First Street Station Rehoboth Beach 30226-7588 Corner of Savannah Rd. & Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes Best Bets SMART DINERS EAT EARLY They get to enjoy the Buttery's prix fixe three course dinner served from 5:00 to 6:30 for just $21.00. Two menus each night, changed daily...let's just call it the best secret in great Delaware dining. THE BUTTERY RESTAURANT Deliciously creative kitchen , Gracious service An appealing Victorian decor , Lush gardenside dining. The Buttery bar/restaurant 2nd and Savannah Downtown Lewes 302.645.7755 Lunch Monday through Saturday Dinner Monday through Sunday Brunch Sunday