Wine Dinner Awesomeness

The wine dinner awesomeness that happened last month was everything good about life.

As stated in the past I love wine pairing dinners.  Making food with nuances that help guide a wine experience is simply theater.  Think about it.  You have a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere with people you enjoy.  You drink quality wine and recognize it’s vibrant life and its layers of complexity.  Then, maybe you get a little hungry…and everything changes.  Food arrives that speaks to the wine…challenges the wine.  Every bite helps coax a new identity from the wine.  At least that’s the goal :-|

I think everything went splendid a couple months ago.  We started with hors d’oeuvres that highlighted seasonal veggies and fruits, then onto this menu.

Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco
Canellini beans/ arugula pesto/chicken cracklins’/Himalayan salt/Parmigiano Reggiano

La Crema Pinot Noir
Sarsaparilla braised pork shoulder/caramelized fennel and onion/pâte brisée

Sebastiani Pinot Noir
Prime New York strip/Asian spiced sweet potato fries/Worcestershire black vinegar aioli

Unknown Portbut requested raspberries/chocolate/cream cheese
Cheesecake/raspberry crust/dark chocolate sauce

Keep in mind that this 3 hor d’oeurve, 4 course, wine awesomeness dinner was for 14 people.  The dishes were clean, as was the kitchen by the end of dessert.  Other than glassware, you don’t have to do anything in the kitchen during a great party.