Monday, December 28, 2009

The After Christmas Friends, Wine and Food Feast

So once again as things go here in the Walla Walla Valley, we gather with close friends and enjoy some great wine, food and conversation. So we put together a wine friendly menu and paired up with some wines out of our cellars that we would want to share with friends.
We started the night with a Bluefin Tuna Poke and Lettuce wrappers and paired it up with some great Champagne, a 2005 Schramsberg Brut Rose, 1999 Schramsberg and a 2002 Pierre Morlet. All 3 drinking great and paired with the poke, that had just a hint of spice. Nice way to start!

We then went Burgundian with some Escargot with Bacon, garlic, parsley, white wine and butter. We paired it up with a 2002 Domaine de la Vougeraie, le Clos Blanc du Vougeot. This by consensus was probably the best food and wine pairing of the night. We also had a Punkt, Sparkling Gruner, which I never have heard of, let alone tried. What a fun and delightful little find! Thanks Corey!

We then moved on to the dinner portion and started with a Porcini Mushroom Veloute, five ingredients, no muddling the earthy flavor of the mushroom here! We paired this with a 1967 Barolo and a 2000 Domaine de Courcel Pommard Les Rugiens, both drinking great, though the Barolo might of been a little tired but still had fresh color and lots of fruit

Next we went back to the meat salad, this time with Braised Pork Belly, Arugula and a Pomegranate Vinaigrette. We paired this up with a couple of wines from Cornas, a 2006 Domaine Clape and a Allemand and I can't remember the vintage, the later was definitely drinking better.

Then we moved on to the dish that was feared to be the artery clogger of the night but the that elicited the most praise for the flavor. Duck Fat Poached Swinery Tenderloin with Bacon Blue Cheese Macaroni and Pickled Mustard Seeds. I gotta say, I liked this dish! Texture, flavors everything worked in great balance. We went Cabernet Style with the dish and had a 2001 Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte from Pessac-Leognan and a 2004 Robert Foley Claret, both drinking great and paired beautifully with the flavors.

Closed out the evening with a Chocolate-Huckleberry Souffle and put another wine and food extravaganza in the books!!

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