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posted 06-09-2011 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message

Sounds like a great evening. Thanks for sharing . . . this is how we all learn.


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posted 06-08-2011 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We had the amazing opportunity to go to a wine and food pairing featuring Vincent Arroyo Wines.
We have driven by Vincent Arroyo in Calistoga any number of times over the last few years and have always thought - next trip, we need to go there. Now I KNOW we need to go there!
We started with a 2009 Chardonnay paired with a Sun Dried Tomato & Chive Goat Cheese in a Phyllo Cup. The chardonnay was delicious - bright and crisp rather than buttery. No oak to this chard and it was wonderful.
Next we had Hot Smoked Salmon Horseradish Crème on a Sourdough Cracker paired with the 2008 Mélange Reserve. It is a nice, light, great for the deck in the cool evening after a hot summer day red wine.
Up next was a Daddy Jim’s Quail Sausage with a Mexican Marigold Mustard Swim paired with a 2008 Merlot. Since I'm not a huge Merlot fan, I wasn't expecting much, but this one had more body than others and I enjoyed it.
Our next treat was Wok Seared Bandera Quail Legs with a Peking Style Hoisin Sauce paired with a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. I really enjoyed the Cab - nice balance and lots of dark fruit.
But wait, there was more! A Slowly Smoked Russian Boar Leg dusted with Espresso, Ancho Chile, Cocoa Dust served with a House Made Blackberry Ketchup and paired with the 2008 Estate Petite Sirah. This was a wonderful, big, delicious wine. We enjoyed the Petite Sirah the most - and this was only one of several that they make. We are looking forward to going to the winery to try more of the Petite Sirah.
Next taste was of a South Texas Nilgai Antelope Carbonnade Braised in Carmelized Texas 1015 Onion, Garlic, Vincent Arroyo Balsamic Louis Stansel’s Popcorn Rice paired with the 2008 Entrada. This is a Sirah blend made from the grapes grown along the entrance to the winery. Just lovely - I have discovered that I do enjoy Petite Sirahs, at least the way Vincent Arroyo does it.
Our final taste of the evening was a Guinness Stout Chocolate Pot de Crème and a 2008 Petite Sirah Port. This is my husband's area (other than the chocolate, that is definitely mine!) He enjoyed the port and thought it was a great ending to a delightful evening.
My wish for you is that you someday have the chance to attend such an event - the chef was so talented and the pairings were a sensory delight. Cheers!


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