Wine Dinner Awesomeness

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 dinner was for 14 people.  The dishes were clean, as was the kitchen by the end of dessert.   Just sayin’.