Wine and Food: A Perfect Pairing

Three months ago we began a series of monthly wine and food pairings mostly so we could support our habit – an addictive love of great wine and food paired with the company of friends, old and new!  On the third Saturday of every month until we have satiated our need, we invite you, our guest, to join us for our pre-dinner “teaser” of perfectly paired wine and foods.  

The party starts at 6:00 p.m. and for the next hour and a half our guest speaker will share a vast knowledge of the wines, regions, and varietals.  Hopefully, our culinary talents will provide you a marriage of wine and foods that will open up possibilities for you.   

When it comes to wine tasting, we are pretty simple folk who take amusement with those officious descriptions that conjure images of chewing on saddle leather or tobacco and such.  We LIKE it or we don’t – and if we put before you a bite of food that creates such a delightful dance in your mouth that you suddenly LIKE a certain wine, we do a happy dance with you!  This is about a bit of education in an unpretentious setting – kind of like us.    

This last tasting was all about sparkling wines from around the world and some pretty incredible pairings.  There was one appetizer in particular that won the heart of one of our guests (Risotto Arancini with Marina), and my husband, Jake, told me again the next morning what a fab job we had done with the food.  So, here is the listing of Bubblies and Food and a few pics of our new friends. 

Trish of Quality Wines pouring Gramona Cava Grand Cuvee for our guests
Quattro Fromaggi Mac 'n Cheese with Pancetta and Bread Crumbs paired with Gaston Chiquet "Carte Verte" - Divine!
Convivial conversations.
Bubble Bath Bubblies
From Around the World
August 21, 2010
Azalea Inn and Gardens
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Bisol Prosecco Crede
Intense and fresh with apple and pear fruitiness; rich and balanced.
Perfect with Risotto Arancini 
Gramona Cava Grand Cuvee
Bouquet of mineral, brioche and toast; flavor of lemon curd and crisp mineral notes. 
Perfect with Chicken and Gouda Salad Brioche
 Gruet Winery Rose
New Mexico
Lovely floral bouquet with hints of strawberry, raspberry and cherry.  Rich and fruity on the palate but dry and crisp.
Perfect with Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken
Gaston Chiquet Brut “Carte Verte”
Clean and fragrant, long refreshing finishwith notes of pineapple, pear and melon.
Perfect with Pancetta Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Elio Perrone “Bigaro Rose”
Soft sweetly gentle effervescence made from Brachetto and Moscato; leans towards red fruits instead of Moscato’s tropical fruits.
Divine with Chocolate Almond Honey Tartlets