My brother Tim joined us again this year with several wine and beer selections. Our Grapecrushers (wine-making club) president Noel Powell had hoped to join us, but got backed up with projects at the last minute and had to drop out.
We brought the following Ancient Fire wines to share:
2008 Gewurztraminer/Riseling Blend
2009 Syrah/Mourvedre Blend
2010 Petit Verdot
2010 White Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier)
2010 Blackberry Cabernet
For snacks we prepared goat cheese, smoked salmon & dill bites, three kinds of cheese and crackers, honey-cinnamon flan, bite-sized caprese salads and dark chocolate. My sister-in-law Abby also made her caramel apple dip which contains cream cheese, caramel sauce and granola served with sliced apples. Tom & Marilyn provided trays of fruit which all together made for a nice spread.
My parents organized the door prizes and drawings with contributions from themselves, Margot & I and Tim & Abby. We had bottles of homemade wine, Thomas Hooker Beer, signed copies of The Next Harvest about New England wineries, a breast cancer awareness basket and a Vermont country basket with a selection of Vermont food products. My mother alos parted with a Vera Bradley bag which made one of Tom & Marilyn’s neighbors one happy guest!
We got off to a slow start but once a number of guests arrived Tim, Abby, Margot and I were busy talking about different types of wines, beers and suggesting guests try them with the different snacks available. The smoked salmon bites paired nicely with the white wines and the Plum/Riesling made a good match for the caramel apple dip. Margot’s Blackberry Cabernet was the most popular wine all day and found a nice opposite in the dark chocolate.
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