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Mid-February Wine Pairing Dinner Success

onefineleo Feb 19, 2007 03:42 PM

Thanks to much help from this board, we had a lively and wonderful dinner last night with
friends. The pairings were, in my view, just perfect. A four hour Sunday dinner went like this:

Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Goat Cheese Toasts http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/102632?cached=F
Duval Leroy Champagne..so delicious, now that it's made the top
100 list, way more expensive than we're used to, but so very nice.
Chicken Marbella, Citrus Couscous, Beet salad http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/11/earlyshow/saturday/chef/main1040276.shtml
Semillon Chardonnay, 2004- Hunter Valley Marquee Artisan Wines, Australia
Dragonstone Riesling, 2005 - Leitz
Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake with Berries http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

Riesling Auslee, 2004, Late Harvest, Ernst Loosen

The Chardonnay (I typically prefer a big bold red) with the Semillon was received with much enthusiasm. Actually, God that was good. The Riesling, not normally a taste I could tolerate, because of its sweetness, paired so very well with the fruity sweetness of the Marbella. And the choice of the late harvest Riesling, with the lemon pudding cake and chocolates, sent us rocking.

Thank you very much for your wonderful guidance. I look forward to getting back to you next month as I plan our next dinner with friends (virtual and otherwise!).

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    zin1953 Feb 19, 2007 05:11 PM

    Glad it worked out so well!

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      Chicago Mike Feb 19, 2007 08:20 PM

      LEO SAID: "...The Chardonnay (I typically prefer a big bold red) with the Semillon was received with much enthusiasm. Actually, God that was good. The Riesling, not normally a taste I could tolerate, because of its sweetness, paired so very well with the fruity sweetness of the Marbella. And the choice of the late harvest Riesling, with the lemon pudding cake and chocolates, sent us rocking...."

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      Dinner sounded awesome.... it's true, you really have to suspend any pre-conceived notions about how these combinations may taste and just TRY THEM. Often it's the case that a wine we don't particularly enjoy on it's own is magical as a taste combination with the right foods, and it sure sound like that was your experience here.

      Also, your dinner proves that you don't need to have a red wine to have a very interesting variety of wines and a great meal.

      1. onefineleo Feb 20, 2007 01:57 AM

        Thanks, Chicago Mike. Once again, I really appreciate your advice.

        1. Bill Hunt Feb 21, 2007 06:21 PM

          In this case, it's all about the wine AND the food, not the wine, or the food. Glad that it went well.

          Hunt

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            Robbie711 Feb 22, 2007 09:30 PM

            This sounds like a perfect marriage between food & wines, and company. I can almost taste the delectable offerings! I applaud your careful and imaginitive efforts, and can't wait to hear about your next party. Please keep us posted!

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