- Ancient Fire 2010 Strawberry
- Ancient Fire 2008 Riesling/Gewurztraminer Blend
- Ancient Fire 2009 Petit Verdot
- Ancient Fire 2009 Chateau du Roi (Southern Rhone style blend)
- Ancient Fire 2010 Oaked Chardonnay
- Ancient Fire 2010 South African Chenin Blanc
- Isaaks of Salem 2010 Popp Road Raspberry Mead
- Rodney Strong 2008 Chalk Hill Chardonnay
- Chateau Beauchene 2008 Cotes du Rhone
- Columbia Winery 2007 Cellmaster’s Riesling
Rosemary Cheddar Straws (I made these, and will share the recipe later in the week)
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Baked Camembert w/ Carmelized Onions & Sage
Mini Cheesecakes w/ Burgundy or Rum Orange glazes
Italian Skewers w/ 3 cheeses, tortellini, tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing
Make your own fruit skewers
The best pairing was the Chenin Blanc with the baked Camembert. That wine was a late addition after Wayne asked me about the Vouvray Margot reccomended he try. We had had it at Christmas and she loved it so much she was passing on a solid find. While not quite the same style, my South African Chenin is nice and soft with lemon flavors and just a hint of residual sugar. Up against the earthy cheese and sage affected onions, all were taken to a new level. The cheesecakes with the Strawberry wine were also a good match, but I felt the cheesecakes were too good on their own. The cheese straws were best for me with the reds, especially the Chateau du Roi. The rosemary and baked cheddar flavor weren't lost in the wine, which added a bit of spice to amp up the cheese flavor.
My heavily oaked Chardonnay wasn’t a big hit, too smoky and too buttery, but when I asked how many people had drank that style in the 70’s and 80’s (we are all too young!) and explained that is was in vogue for a time, it helped with a little context. I also added that there will be some excellent summer BBQ parings, like turkey burgers and smoked turkey, most tasters agreed to revisit it and see how it goes. The Rodney Strong Chardonnay was also oaked, just not as much, and a few tasters compared it and felt that the difference was noticeable, but not extreme. I expect, and hope, my version will calm down a little bit in a few months.
Our next wine tasting on March 26th will be a fundraiser for our Relay For Life event. Margot and I will supply the food and wine as a thank you to our family and friends for supporting us. Guests are being asked to make a $20 donation, either by check or online, as admission to the tasting. I am also hoping to have folks join us on Twitter during the tasting, raising a glass in support of the fight against cancer.
I also have to thank Brian for taking several great photos (#'s 1,3,4 and 8 in this post) and applying a set of stunning effects to make the pictures look vintage. Be sure and check out his portfolio of photography at http://www.briansamuelsphotography.com/.