Happy New Year all! I can't say it's been an amazing year for me, but I learned quite a bit. I hope I remember the lessons.
I'm honestly glad 2004 is over, and greatly look forward to a wonderful 2005.
Now, to solve that age-old problem - what wine do you serve with ham?
Update : the answer to this conundrum (what to serve with ham) is "Conundrum", from Caymus. Our dinner guests brought a bottle of 1990 Conundrum. Deep gold color after sitting for 14 years - I thought it was a big Sauternes - and blossomed amazingly when it got some air. Wonderful. I wish I had the discipline to keep things like this in the cellar for this long.
We also had good champagne, including a wonderful 1997 DVX from friends in Hayward CA...