Friday, February 03, 2006


At least, that’s what the menu read.

With the barometer briefly back into the milder side, DucCat and I met some friends for a cocktail on Cowboy Syd’s patio, a 2 years+ tradition.

“The umbrellas of the veld, starkly silhouetted against the breathtakingly beautiful African sunset, is a memory etched in the mind of many a traveller. The Umbrella Thorn (Acacia Tortillis- from the Greek word Acantha, meaning thorn) provides shade and shelter to both man and beast, all year ‘round."

Our evening started with the charmingly mis-spelled South African Thorntree 2004 Chardonnay. This golden little glass was definately on the sweeter side, with soft stone fruits, and a tickle of citrus. As the evening wore on, the sweetness became more pronounced, ultimately ending on an unpleasant, syrupy note.

Ah, well. At least the company was good.


Blogger ilva said...

The wine glass photos are great!

February 03, 2006 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday, Feb. 10, 6:30-9 p.m.
Virginia Living Museum

The Volunteer Fund-raising Committee will present its 2nd Annual Bacchus Wine and Food Festival on Friday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Building on last year's successful event, the committee promises more wines, more foods and an expanded floor plan.

Tri-Cities Beverage Corp. of Newport News will present a greater selection of wines from Virginia, California, Washington, Oregon, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.

Food will be supplied by Anna's Italian Restaurant, Bayview Raw Bar and Grill, Cheers, County Grill, Das Waldcafe, Delargy's Bistro, Harbor Espresso Café, La Bodega-Hampton, Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, Schlesinger's Steakhouse, Schlotzky's Deli, Thai Erawan and Trader Joe's.

Well-known area guitarist Robin Welch will perform a selection of classical and folk music and sea shanties during the evening.

There will also be a silent auction, including items from the American Theater, Colonial Williamsburg, the Radisson Hotel, Kingsmill and the Smithfield Inn.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. Groups of 10 or more will receive a 10 percent discount. Contact Bob or Mary Dolores Ciraulo at 722-6054 or the Museum at 757-595-1900.

February 05, 2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger s'kat said...

Ilva, coming from you, I take that as a great compliment indeed!

Anon, DucCat and I are already planning on going with some friends... sounds like a fun event!

February 05, 2006 1:21 PM  

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