By Gosh, I think we might have it! Mix 5 great wine finds with 5 perfect matches, shake gently and add 10 enthusiastic wine enthusiasts. Final result: An incredible evening of wine and food, conviviality and fun. Last night was the fourth in our series with the theme “Red Blends Rule” and Lindsay Melton of United Wine Distributors was perfectly prepared to present our wines and comment on our matches.
She was impressed with our matchings exclaiming each one to be nearly perfect. Each month the wine rep sends us the list of wine compatible with match our monthly theme, and we divide the wines amongst us and come up with pairings. The guests, four from Azalea Inn and Gardens, two one from Green Palm and four from Zeigler House seemed to enjoy Lindsay’s commentary and suggestions, busily writing down her suggestions or following her instructions to lift the glass toward the light and note the coloring … one of the “grapes” of venophilia she possesses.
Below are last night’s wines and food pairings. Drool, Dream and Demand to be at the next Third Saturday pairing for “Take Me to Bed Reds” and our wine expert, Lori Mohr of Ultimate Distributors, on October 16, 2010.D’Arenberg Stump Jump South Australia Wine Spectator 90 points Light fragrant floral, berry, beet aroma. Perfect with “Wine and Cheese” Burger! Carpineto Dogajolo Italy Bouquet of cherries and herbs, accented by hints of vanilla and coffee. Perfect with Mushroom Risotto with Sliced Tri-Tip! Folie a Deux Menage a Trois California Three saucy grapes: Zinfandel for juicy character, Merlot to mellow, Cabernet for backbone: Forward, spicy and soft. Perfect with Pork Tenderloin over Sweet Potato Casserole! Snoqualmie Whistle Stop Washington Vibrant fresh fruit aromas of blackberries and currants combined with hints of herbs. Perfect with BBQ Chicken on Rolls! Quinta do Portal Portugal Wine and Spirits 2009 Winery of the Year Fragrant scents of almonds, dates and vanilla bean. Sophisticated, seamless and seductive with a lingering praline nuance on the finish Perfect with Chocolate Profiterole filled with Chocolate Coffee Cream!