This Wednesday was no different when it came to great food and fantastic wine pairings. We were invited to kick back and relax as we were whisked away on a tasteful journey to Australia.
We began with a sparkling red by NV Engine Room. To say I was surprised by my first sparkling red would be an understatement. Light on the palate as a sparkling, but with berry tones of a red, it got better with each sip. Perfect sparkling to enjoy as we prepared for an evening of great food.
As we sipped on the aperitif, we were also poured a tasting of Torbreck's Woodcutter's Semillon. This white had the creaminess of a chardonnay, alluding to a nutty flavor of almonds. At the same time, the palate was covered with subtle exotic fruit flavors. Brian's extensive wine knowledge shined through as he explained why it would work well with Chef Steven's Fish & Chips.
For our finale, we were poured a tasting of Yalumba's Botrytis Viognier, part of their Hand-Picked series. This 2008 vintage was sweet and flavorful as expected. Unfortunately, I did not try it by itself, as I had already dove into the dessert - lamingtons. Creamy and rich pound cake, I could eat it alone. But after it having soaked in the flavors of both Grand Marnier and Dumante, I may never have it solo again. And then drizzled with a white chocolate ganache? Incredible. Both macademia nuts and cashews were chopped up and sprinkled on top of these pound cake popsicles before presented on a smear of mango preserves. Heaven. All the rich flavors were cut so perfectly with the Viognier, it was a sweet paradise and an amazing note to end on.
Trust me, you won't want to miss out on these upcoming events:
- Winemaker Series: Charles Smith (Sept. 1)
- Truly Progressive (Sept. 8)
- Varietal Series: The Blends (Sept. 15)
- Regional Series: Napa in Nap Town (Sept. 22)
- Truly Progressive (Sept. 29)
Chef Steven will also be at DigINdiana (twitter: @digIndiana), so if you want to try some of his great creations, purchase your ticket for DigINdiana today. This event will showcase local foods and restaurants with tastings, demonstrations and live music. You don't want to miss it - August 29th at White River State Park. Purchase your tickets on the website - I'll see you there (or you can follow me day of on twitter - @angieahrens.)
And don't forget to reserve your spot at one of the upcoming Tastings event - you won't want to miss out on another great night from Steven & Brian!