Sunflowers + Viognier
At the middle of this week, Matt and I received an invitation to join Jefferson Vineyards for their annual Bastille Day dinner. The event was catered by C&O, a Cville traditional, and of course showcased the current Jefferson wines.
I worked till six even though Matt took a long nap and put on a tie.
Snacks #1 and #two. I was starving by the time I did an hour of cleanup and biked house and had a cereal glass with a lot more milk and much less granola:
Right after a speedy shower and my most French-inspired outfit, we left for the vineyard
Look out for spiders!
We were greeted with some incredible cheese (I Adore cheese!) the 2010 Pinot Gris!
Following meet & greet, we ventured into the barrel area for dinner
The tables had been set with the initial course: Andy’s Mom’s Chicken Liver Pate with cherrys, fig and greens paired with the 2010 Johannisburg Riesling
I tasted the pate – I like to check out every thing – and it wasn’t poor, but I just couldn’t finish it all.
Our second course highlighted the C&O crabcake with wasabi aioli, seaweed salad and toasted sesame seeds.
This course was paired with the 2010 Viognier – a preferred of mine!! – and it was a priceless pairing. Andy described Viognier as a “red wine drinker’s white” simply because it is larger in protein and alcohol. That ought to be why I love it! It’s possibly my favorite white wine, and thankfully, Virginia does it beautifully.
Course three was a Potage Billi-Bi, which I think has something to do with curried mussel broth! This soup was really special – virtually like lemons that have been zested so a lot the pith was incorporated because it was bitter like an IPA. I liked it even though, and it went actually properly with the 2010 Chardonnay Reserve.
Interlude!! Sparkling Cassis Water and Ginger + Peach Sorbet!! I often Enjoy this course, even so, I do feel it nearly interrupts the meal! I could have ended with this, but there was much more!
The reds arrived. The 2007 Cab Franc Reserve and the 2008 Meritage – two killer favorites of mine!
These were paired with a duo of meats – a quail and a lambchop in a wild mushroom duxelle. The mushroom sauce was incredible!!! I didn’t have also considerably of the meats, but I did enjoy the quail. And I’m not a mashed potato individual, but these were so excellent!!
Green beans on the side!
For dessert we sipped the Late Harvest (Wonderful Harvest!) Vidal Blanc. I really like dessert wines, but this one was practically tart with notes of pineapple when we paired it with…
A Peach Pavlova! This was like a meringue topped with whipped cream, peaches and pecans and it was such a excellent midsummer light dessert! Light meaning I ate it all
I really did actually properly just sipping my wines simply because I was the designated driver. Matt, nevertheless, has crashed onto the couch watching some trashy Tv display. I need to place him to bed! Poor guy is exhausted in spite of a extended nap this afternoon. Tomorrow is practically nothing but relaxation time!