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August 18, 2014

Mardi Gras Wine Dinner

We’ve had so many fabulous wine dinners that I can’t keep up with all of them.
In Feb 2014 we had a Mardi Gras theme complete with wonderful Cajun food.
This is what I remember 6 months later

We started with the lighter fish dishes

Crab cakes were served as open sandwiches on toasted French bread and paired with a 2012 Anselm San Vincenzo. This Italian white blend of Garganega, Chardonnay and Soave Trebbiano has ripe pear and lemon flavors with a hint of oak making it a great pairing with seafood.

Next up was a very tasty
Salmon Cake that was paired with a 2012 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. The wine had a clean, crisp and refreshing flavor with hints of citrus fruits. A wine with citrus flavors always is a good choice for fish even a heavier fish like salmon.

It is amazing how we are always on the same food and wine wavelength. Everyone was keeping the theme going with little themes running throughout the dinner.

We paired a delicious open faced sandwich of roasted pork, cheese and peppers with a 2012 Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara. This Sea Glass Pinot Noir is light-bodied with bright red cherry and strawberry flavors. Beautifully balanced with vibrant acidity, it’s the ideal complement for pork.

We enjoyed a 2006 Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel with the Red Beans and Rice. It was a gamble about the pairing since I had no idea if it would work. It was a good pairing. I confess though, I brought the wine because I wanted to drink it. We had cellared it for 6 years and it was time to enjoy with friends. The wine was smooth and richly delicious with typical Zinfandel dark fruit flavors and spice.

Dessert is always a treat and the Bananas Foster was no exception. The bananas were cooked in brown sugar and cream and finished with rum and cinnamon. It was served with Pedro Romero Cream Sherry that is medium dark amber-color, soft, and sweet, with broad, savory cream and nutty flavors. Yum

Posted by terri at August 18, 2014 04:13 AM