Met lili at SFO to start another excellent adventure centering on the wonderful world of beef. The Centurion Lounge is in the United terminal, and we were flying American, so this involved an extra security, which on this occasion set us back no more than 5 minutes. The main course offering of Cedric Vongerichten, who I figure to be some sort of offspring of some famous guy, was braised beef with parsnip puree: at least it wasn't called short rib, but it was chucky and fatty enough to merit that name. I scooped up several of the fattier pieces from the buffet, saving the less desirable lean bits for those that appreciate them. The meat was quite good and the parsnip quite sweet. A side of cannellini in tomato sauce did not impress, and I didn't bother with the rest of the vegetative offerings. Vanilla panna cotta with lemon glaze and cardamom crumbs was just fine, especially with the house pour Remy 1738. In San Fran, there's a wine tasting opportunity - they give you a coupon good for 5 free 1-oz pours of midrange wines out of a machine in addition to the stuff they pour at the bar. The thing to remember is that you have to wait a decent interval before requesting a second pour of the same wine, otherwise the machine will take away one of your pours, this presumably to prevent greedy piggies such as myself from requesting multiple shots of a preferred wine. lili didn't want to mess with the rigmarole so got a glass of Hill Estate Merlot, which is perfectly okay but not as much fun ... so I got her a couple double shots of Pinot Noir and a single of Merlot. The Artesa was my recommendation, and it was of a good standard, plummy and ripe with a bit of that waxy Napa quality that I think is okay in a Cab but not so much in a Pinot. lili liked it better than the Ceja, which was thin and rather brothy, or I guess fans would call it "elegant." Farallon Merlot, a brand I know nothing of, was uninteresting to both of us.