We attended a fall wine tasting dinner at our club last night and as you can see, the menu speaks for itself; it was absolutely decadent and delicious. It was a lovely evening spent enjoying good wine paired with good food. We enjoyed listening to the proprietor of the featured winery give both information about the wine we were drinking, as well as interesting stories about owning a winery. Did you know all nearly all good quality wine corks are made from the same place in Italy and have been for generations?
As we arrived and socialized with our friends, I sipped my favorite martini, to start the evening.
First course was a Drunken Oyster both cooked with and paired with a Chardonnay. I am not a huge fan of oysters, but this was presented beautifully and tasted great.
The second course, paired with a Merlot, was a crispy duck pancake with plum sauce. This was made with fresh scallions and carrots and I thought it paired really well with the wine.
Next came a pasta course; white truffle infused ricotta gnocchi, paired with a Cabernet blend. This was my favorite dish of the night.
The main course was a bone in filet, cooked to perfection and paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon. The meat was so tender, a steak knife definately wasn't needed.
Dessert was the perfect ending for a fall dinner; an Autumn Strudel made with apples, cranberries and brie, with a light caramel sauce. I am not a chocolate dessert girl, so I enjoyed this very much.
Not the way we normally spend a Monday evening, but it was a beautiful dinner spent with good food, good wine and most importantly, good friends :-)
Have a great Tuesday!