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6 Course Holiday Dinner with the Family

Megan and I had our families over for pre holiday fun on Saturday to spread some holiday cheer, drink some good wine and have some great food. Unfortunately, although I had told myself several times to remember to take pictures of the dishes as we served them, I did not remember until half way through the evening. BooHoo! So no pictures of the actual meal were taken, the only one I have is of the remaining wine bottles.

Below is the menu that we served – we decided to kick it up a notch this year with smaller tapas/mezze style dishes and had 6 courses including dessert and started the meal off with a fun Amuse Bouche. It was quite exciting to decide what wine pairings would go with each dish and you can see below what we chose.

Amuse Bouche

Roasted Red Pepper Mousse with Green Olive Sliver

Wine Pairing – Tocco Prosecco N.V.


1st Course

Acorn Squash Rounds with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano and Honey Drizzle

Wine Pairing – 2004 Trimbach Riesling

2nd Course

Pumpkin Bisque with Mixed Green Salad topped with Spiced Pistachios

Wine Pairing – 2001 Caymus Sauvignon Blanc

3rd Course

Spinach and Gruyere Soufflé

Wine Pairing – 2004 Cote de Brouilly Beaujolais

 

4th Course

Grilled Portabella Cap stuffed with Tofu, Roasted Red Pepper, Pine Nuts and Fresh Basil

Wine Pairing – 2001 Fratelli Revello Barolo


5th Course

Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Walnut and Dried Fig

Wine Pairing – 2003 Quinta de la Rosa Vintage Port


Dessert

Chai Spiced Caramel Fondue

Wine Pairing – 2004 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine

We had a fabulous time with our family and I think the feeling was definitely mutual. After dinner we enjoyed a fun game of “dirty Santa”, as we sat around the fire place and sipped on some French press coffee and espresso.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!!

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Friday Night Tasting at The Wine Cellar – 12.7.2007

Here is what Jeff from the Wine Cellar will be offering tonight for his shop’s tasting as Bryon from Country Vintner pours the following:

1. GRAHAM BECK BRUT ROSE, SOUTH AFRICA $16.95

2. BONNY DOON LE CIGAR BLANC, CALIFORNIA $21.95

3. LA GIARETTA VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO, ITALY $19.45

4. TERRA ANDINA CARMENERE/CARIGNAN, CHILE $16.95

5. HUGH HAMILTON THE RATBAG MERLOT, AUSTRALIA $16.95

FREE as always from 5:00 – 8:00! See you there. 

Other tastings going on around town:

River City Cellars – Friday – 5:00-7:00

Corks and Kegs – Friday – 5:30 – 7:30

Private Stock Cigar and Wine – Every Friday and Saturday

Bella Vino (Midlothian) – Friday – 6:00-8:00

And also make sure to check out Can Can Mondays from 6-7

Also, if you are looking for one great place to pick up some handmade crafts for the holiday season or just for yourself, check out the Handmade Holiday Sale. My friend Dawn and Richmond Craft Mafia friends will be putting on their annual craft sale this evening from 6:00 to 9:30 at 4025 Yoga over on MacArthur Ave.

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