Last night boss Steve Raye and I met with Richard Auffrey of Passionate Foodie, Amanda Maynard of Wineing Woman, Adam Japko of, Thadd & Alice Palmer of All Set in Massachusetts and Dale Cruse of Drinks Are on Me at a delightful B.Y.O.B. Japanese/sushi restaurant in Stoneham, MA called Kyotoya.

It didn’t take long for the ice to break – jokes were being made at each others expense, legal advice was given, marriage proposals were being thrown around and next thing we knew a boat of sushi, a plate of maki, a plethora of appetizers and a bento box for Amanda were ordered and the Gemischter Satz, Gruener Veltliner, Pinot Noir, Rotgipfler, St Laurent and Zierfandler were flowing.

Here’s what we poured:

Wine #1 09 Zahel Gemischter Satz Schloss Schobrunn

Wine# 2 09 Martinshof Gruener Veltliner DAC – Weinviertel
Wine # 3 09 Huber Gruner Obere Steigen
Wine #4 08 Veyder Malberg Gruner Viesling
Wine #5 07 Knoll Gruener Loibenberg Smaragd
Wine #6 08 Schellmann Im Gumpoldskirchen Cuvee (Zierfandler & Rotgipfler grapes)
Wine #7 07 Juris Pinot Noir
Wine #8 08 Johanneshof Reinisch St. Laurent
Wine #9 (out of order) 09 Zum Martin Sepp Gruener Veltliner Liter

Dale also brought a bottle of 2005 Sauternes and Adam brought two bottle of Loomis vineyard from California, a Grenache Blanc and a rose.

That’s a lot of wine for only 8 people! Luckily there were some real troopers in the group who graciously volunteered to polish off a couple bottles and take those home they weren’t able.