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Albert Ponnelle Bourgogne Réserve De La Chèvre Chardonnay

Yes, the bottle got me, I will freely admit that.  Come on, look at how amazing every detail is!  The wire netting, the fonts, and the goat sealed the deal.  Plus I knew what was inside would be equally as stellar as this bottle is imported by my friends who are customers of WK at Peloton Imports.  I have been searching for more wine options to share on Wine Wednesday that can be enjoyed by many as they ship so you can just click on the link at the end of the entry if you end up not finding this tasty Chardonnay in your neighborhood grocer or wine shop.

From their site:  Albert Ponnelle is an estate and a negociant with deep roots in Burgundy. Pierre-Lazare Ponnelle founded the business in Beaune in 1870, and today the estate is run by Pierre Ponnelle, the fifth generation of the family to take the helm. The Bourgogne Réserve de la Chèvre Noire wines come from the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. They are partly aged in oak barrels. The names of the wines are an affectionate nod to an old regional tale about a famous black goat who was known for drifting from the herd to snack on choice grapes in the best vineyards. Each year Albert Ponnelle creates a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir under the Chèvre Noir label as an homage to the black goat with a connoisseur’s taste.

Gold in color with a fine sheen and brilliance. The nose is forward with notes of lemon, baked pear, vanilla bean and a hint of caramel/butterscotch. Possessing a medium-full body, this is well-rounded and soft on the approach. Lemon and mineral shows on the forefront with finishing notes of Tart Tatin, Crème Anglaise and graceful acidity.  Peloton Imports



Red Carnations In a Pinch

I know carnations often get a bad rap.  But bunched together tightly in a grouping of one color, they really can be quite lovely.
The buying trip to New York was amazing but by Saturday after I got back to Seattle and worked a few days at the shops, I was beat.  So I missed my ritual stroll through the Market where I pick up flowers for the week-end.  I hung out at WestWard that day and had a ‘nothing’ day, where I did nothing but read, nap, and nap some more.  I love nothing days.  We had guests arriving for Sunday supper at 2 the next day. TPS had the meal handled, so I made a quick run to the grocery store that morning, hoping to find dahlias, but, no luck.  The red carnations just shouting at me to give them a try.  I cut away all the extra on the stem and just concentrated on having the bloom be the star. The flower is quite pretty and having all of them massed together further brings out their beauty.  I did 2 tall glasses and 2 short glasses filled with the red carnations.  Not back for 10 bucks!  The blue whale we sell at the shops was the centerpiece and the flowers flanked the whale on both sides.  They worked out just perfectly giving the dahlias a run for their money.



Ted’s Tip No. 75

With tomatoes so plentiful at this time of year, roasting them up gives you oodles of options on how to serve them.  This is a quick roast at a high temp.  Place small tomatoes whole in an oven proof dish and coat with extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle over fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper.  Mix around so all is coated.  Place in 400 degree hot oven and let cook until the tomatoes are just about to pop open.  Done.  Serve just as is next to a piece of fish or chicken, add to pasta with feta and toss, or add to slices of baguette for an easy appetizer.



Taking Time

Watching the sun go down the other evening after a busy, full day got me once again thinking about the importance of taking time to just be.  To think.  To ponder.  To dream.  In our fast paced world it is often easy to slip to the bottom of our own ‘to-do’ list.  But it is so important that we refresh, re-energize and take time for ourselves–for our body, mind & spirit.

A lovely, lovely Sunday to you all.  May it be filled with all you want it to be…  Ted



A Saturday Thought



The Cafe au Lait Dahlia

Cafe au Lait dahlias are a simply gorgeous variety and come in shades of creamy pink, blush, peach, ivory, champagne and dusty rose.  One of the Market stalls was brimming with them.  Dinner plate in size, one will do the trick and make any space sing.  Many are just a slice of heaven.



Breakfast at Buvette

Rarely has there been a time in last 5 years or so, that I or we have not had a breakfast at Buvette if we are in NYC.  I have had countless memorable meals there with friends as well as have dined solo when a quick trip into the city for biz calls.  Yesterday it was with our friend CoCo from Portland who was also walking the show buying for her shop.  It is always fun to see this incredibly special eatery through new eyes.
Buvette opens at 8 in the morning and serves continuously throughout the day, closing at 2 in the morning.  7 days a week.  So really anytime you are hungry, it is open.  They don’t take reservations and the space is petite, but I have never ever waiting very long to get a table.  Actually, I rarely have ever had to wait.  

Yet the space is always busting with stylish New Yorkers, so people watching is a delight.  The food, out of this world.  Chef Jody Williams has a way of turning everything into something sublime.  Whether it be a meal or a space.  
Even the planters outside are divine.  No detail has been missed.  You feel transported to a slower time, with a bit of Paris thrown in.  Both of those feelings rate pretty high in my book, especially when in the city where all moves at lightening speed.  It is always such a treat to just ‘be’ there.



A Week-Night City Table for Three

Last week we had a new friend, author Julia Reed, over for a week-night meal in town.  She was in Seattle working on an article and I really wanted to have a quiet eve in other than take her to a bustling restaurant where the pace is much quicker and the space is much louder.  Plus I think a meal in your home is so much more memorable.  The dahlias just so darn abundant the choices in the Market were crazy good.  I pulled out glassware we have not used in forever, set a simple table, lit a few candles–and we were set for an evening of much laughter & many stories.



Goods–Here, There & Everywhere 

I am back at it again buying at the show in New York City.  Such a visual feast.  I have used the ‘needle in a haystack’ analogy many times before, as it is so true. It is the search of looking high and low, in every nook & cranny, leafing through pages and piles–to find the gems.  Very excited to have remembered to click away some images.  Here is a bit of what is on the way…



New Works by Jeanne McKay Hartmann

For all of you who were able to make the Jeanne McKay Hartmann Trunk Show & Rosé Tasting, huge thanks for being part of such a fun eve.  Watching an artist create in your presence is such a special thing.  She also brought new works which are available to be shipped around the globe for all you readers not in the area.  I don’t want anyone feeling left out of the party.  Insert large smile.  These are 8 new images.  They are all original pieces, but if a work sells, Jeanne is able to paint another similar piece.  Her work just makes me happy, and brightens up any space it graces.  These are all a similar size and sell for $295 each.  If one catches your eye, e-mail us at