Happy hump day Weekender’s, we’ve got two more days until the weekend and boy have I got a cool post to get you over that hump!
Many of you may know that I have a wine club (The Vagina Winologue’s) that meets monthly to taste new wines and sample cool cuisines that pair well with our wine selection. This months meeting was the perfect blend of that! Fellow Winologue Ida, invited the ladies over to her beautiful home in Loma Linda California this past weekend and really rolled out the red carpet for us. The chosen theme was “Cuisines Across the World”. Ida hired chef Jade Sigurdson (information to follow) to prepare a variety of fare from culture’s around the world that we would then pair with the wine of our choice.
Jamaica – Jerk shrimp with onion, avocado, and mango salsa
Brazil – Chicken Salgados fried potato dough filled with beef and Monterey jack
Italy – Bruschetta with fresh Roma tomatoes, basil, parmesan, garlic, and olive oil serve on a crostini
Japan – Baked teryaki salmon sushi rolls with cucumber and avocado
India – Curry chicken skewers
Dessert – Creme
The day couldn’t have been more perfect, Ida really outdid herself with the thought and energy put into making this event fab! We sampled about 9 different bottles and of those 9 my favorites were the “Red Guitar” Tempranillo and Garnache blend and the Earl Stevens (E40 to my hip hop fans) “Function Red Blend”. I’m not a huge fan of red wine but the two from this months meeting were amazing! The Red Guitar was great and didn’t have the bold taste that I don’t appreciate in red varieties but rather was rich and smooth and had a nice aroma of berries and subtle spices. With aromas of raspberry and plum and very subtle hints of spice, the Earl Stevens “Function Red Blend” was a delicious array of ripe fruit but with balanced acidity.
Each selection was announced and passed around and the person who brought a wine to pair with that selection passed that around so that we could all taste a sample of the wine paired with our meal. Not biased at all, I have to say my favorite wine and food pairing was the bruschetta and bottle of “Clua Rosado” that I provided. This refreshing Rosado is crafted mainly from Garnacha, with a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Scented with fresh fruit and wild flowers and filled with crisp, juicy, fruity flavors this rose was smooth and did not have the overly sweet after taste some rose’s are known for. I’d gone to Wine Country in Long Beach California to pick out a rose wine that would pair perfectly with the tomatoes in the bruschetta and was told that this affordable Spanish rosado was the best of the selections on hand. I truly loved it!
Chef Jade (as we affectionately called her) was lovely and each course was truly prepared perfectly. One of my favorites on her vast menu was the creme brûlée (the best I’ve ever tasted hands down) the chicken salgados and the baked teriyaki salmon sushi rolls. The custard of the creme brûlée was perfectly rich, creamy and the sugar perfectly caramelized. The salgado’s crisp outside and deliciously flavored chicken and buttery Monterrey jack cheese inside was also a fav.
What wines are you guys loving right now? Do any of you belong to a wine club or want to start one up? Let me know in the comments below. As always guys, keep the party going!