Thursday, May 21, 2009

Katana, Los Angeles

A perfect venue to meet new friends in the LA food and wine circle. Thank you Yarom for putting together a fun night for everyone. The picture is of the many wines we tasted. Personal favorite dishes were the tuna carpaccio and the Japanese eggplant with miso. The robatas were nice too - perfect for a group dinner. All of the wines were tasty, my top 3 were:

Champagne: Joseph Perrier's Josephine, 1995
Complex nose of citrus, vineyard peaches, vanilla, and yeast/lees. Full bodied (with rich flavors of white  chocolate and custard) and refreshing on the palate with pristeen bubbles. 

Chardonnay: Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Corton-Charlemagne, 1996
Less intensity on the nose and palate than I anticipated, but I still enjoyed the yellow fruits and dry nature of this Charlie.

Dark ruby and highly concentratrated in color. A pretty, aromatic nose - dominated by cherries, berries, plums...slightly candied. Lush mouthfeel still juicy with red and black fruits. Long, smoothe finish. This would have been a nice one to cellar...I'll just have to buy another bottle.


  1. Sarah,

    I direct the wine program at Sage and Sage on the Coast restaurants. I have monthly wine tastings as well as occasional winemaker's dinners. Next month we have Tablas Creek on the 4th and Arcadian Winery on the 18th. Email me at if you'd like to be on the mailing list.

    Nice blog btw.


  2. Next time you are at Katana, you should start off your tasting with a glass of beautifully refreshing Gavi DOCG from Batasiolo.....