The fifth in our Third Saturday Wine and Food Pairings was perhaps the best yet. I know, I know. I said that last month. But how can you go wrong with a title like “Take Me to Bed Reds”? Lori Mohr, wine purveyor from Ultimate Distributors, always delivers and this past Saturday night was no exception. She took care to explain each wines nuances, gently leading our guests throught the sights, smells and flavors of each wine both alone and paired with the foods. From take-off to touchdown, we traveled a world of wines and foods that generated applause from our invited guests.
Our first tasting came from California, the Molnar Family Poseidon Pinot Noir was delightfully paired with salmon grilled with two sauces, a sweet and a savory, served over baby greens, a delightful accompaniment to the notes of strawberry and cherry found in the Pinot Noir. The second course was a hearty cup of Creamy White Bean and Chorizo Soup which played up the notes of lavender, black cherry, incense and roasted minerals of the La Cartuja Priorat from Spain. While Diane and I cleared away the dishes, Jackie was in the kitchen plating her Fig-Chipotle BBQ lamb on a sweet potato mash. Lori presented us with a Schild Estate Barossa Shiraz from Australia with tobacco-accented cherry and black currant fruitiness which paired delightfully with the BBQ lamb. We also like to also remind everyone that wines can be paired with every day foods and so Jackie chose a handmade Italian sausage, Mozzarella and basil pizza to match our final dinner red, Velvet Devil Merlot from Washington state with its hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark cherries. The evenings finale was a rich and sweet Italian wine, I Quaranta Le Rose Brachetto d’Acqui served alongside my frozen Framboise Mousse with a drizzling of purreed apricots topped with fresh raspberries. Divine.
It was a fantastic evening with chatter and banter and a newly wed couple to tease. A few of our guests were not yet ready for the evening to come to an end and ordered up three Pedi-Cabs to wisk them off into the darkness in search of new adventures.
We know that you are wondering, “Is there room at next month’s tasting?” (November 20, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.) We are sure you will want to reserve your room at Azalea Inn and Gardens Bed and Breakfast, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast, soon – we only accept 14 people per tasting, so call before they are all gone!