Last Saturday night I hosted a wine-pairing potluck dinner party. This is a photo of the aftermath. (Missing two bottles – perhaps those had some wine left in them and went home with the people who brought them.)
The menu, as it turned out to be:
Apero: Domain Ste Michelle Brut, NV
Apple and citrus, with light toastiness. A great value in a sparkling wine.
Portuguese pescado escabeche featuring 7th Taste’s new Ancho Chile Olive Oil! – il Dolce Sparkling Torrontes
Sweetness overshadowed the usual floral quality of Torrontes. Would be better as a dessert wine.
Salad of quinoa, blood orange, fennel, mint and shrimp – paired with a Sauvignon Blanc (bottle missing)
(unanimous critique: these two courses should have switched wines)
Fresh pea soup with crème fraiche – Casal Garcia rosé vinho verde
Low alcohol and light effervescence with a pale pink hue and lightly fruity berry aroma and flavor make it a cross between what you expect in a vinho verde and a traditional rosé. My favorite pairing of the night.
Insanely good pizza – Renwood Barbera 2008
Blueberry and black raspberry scents and flavors with nicely balanced acid and light tannins.
Mixed mushroom pappardelle – Shiraz (the other missing bottle)
Spanish chicken stew – Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas 2010
Red fruits on the nose, with mineral and floral qualities. Bitter cherry and raspberry flavors with light spice and tangy acidity. My favorite wine of the night.
Pear tart – Justin Deborah’s Delight 2008 (Trader Joe tart, since the person who was going to bring dessert cancelled at the last minute.)
Stone fruit from the Viognier and light citrus from the Orange Muscat, give complexity to this low alcohol (12%) dessert wine.
David Hill Estate Pinot Noir Port 2005
Blueberries and chocolate, soft spice.
Great night – we need to do this again!