Wine & Dine – August 27, 2019

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend this last wine and dine. Of course, according to attendees, it was the best one yet. Those comments might just have been to make us feel worse about missing the event. However, Nick Attard did deliver a copy of the menu, review the wine pairings (mostly from Italy) and I embarrassed myself on the Trivia Q&A. We are looking forward to September’s event.

Congratulations to Alex Fetterly for a 9 out of 10 score on that trivia exercise.

There are no food pictures to drool over but here is a brief overview of the dishes and the pairings.

First Course

Gazpacho soup paired with J. Bouchon Canto Sur – this wine from Chile is a blend of Carmenere, Carignan and Pais grapes

Second Course

Venison tenderloin carpaccio with caviar, gooseberries and watercress. Nick selected two wines to pair with this course. Feudi San Pio 2016 Ripasso Valpolicella (Nick’s hint for the trivial pursuit that Valpolicella is not a grape) and Alpha Zeta 2013 Valpolicella Ripasso

Third Course

Arborio risotto mixed with red beets, fresh ricotta cheese and fresh thyme sprigs. The review I got on this dish was that it was risotto perfection! Nick paired this with Louis Jadot Pinot Noir Bourgogne – great pairing with beets apparently.

Fourth Course

Poached Icelandic cod, coriander and maitaky mushroom broth, finished with a quail egg. This exotic dish Nick paired with Michele Chiarlo 2014 Barbarescue – the Nebbiolo grape from the Piedmont region of Italy. This may be where Nick dropped the hint to the trivia question on grape varietals versus the names of the regions.

Fifth Course

Braised veal shank Osso Bucco with root vegetables, wine and tomatoes, gremolata. Another dish that got special kudos. The pairing was Tenuta di Martucino Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Sixth Course

Dessert!!! Mini Pavlova, hazelnut cream, chocolate gnash. And paired with a classic Pedro Ximenez sherry.

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