“The Hand”

It is not often that one gets treated to such a variation on a wine dinner. But Cristi and Crew did an awesome job this time. Her challenge – Wine to go with her weekly garden basket. In other words, I think, the theme was Salad and Wine. What wines go with a salad and can you make a five course dinner by using salad “fixins”. You sure can. Just look at what Cristi and The Buzz came up with. A super meal! And yes, we still had our 7 wines to go with the meal. For starters, we had Cristi’s Choice. (1) 2010 Reinares Tempranillo. 13% alc. A bold red that deserves the 18 points that I gave it. Finishes well with long lasting flavors. (2) 2011 La Yunta Torrontes. A very good wine from Argentina with clean, yet sharp, flavors. Easily rated at 17. Remember – the Top Score would be [20]. Here is the rest of the meal and wines. Left-Click any of these photos for a larger view. Enjoy and Cheers!

Fried Corn and Black Bean Salad
(Super salad!)

Greek Yogurt Potato Salad
(Another super salad!)

Roasted Broccoli and Feta Salad

2010 Starlane Sauvignon Blanc
14.3% alc. Yuk! eucalyptus and gooseberry. some celery on the nose. definitely not my favorite wine. much better with the food. [9] $17.00

Asparagus Caprese Salad

2008 Durigutti Bonarda
13.9% alc. really great with the basil and balsamic in the salad. deep and and rich body and taste. [18] $16.00

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Pita Chips
(A good salad. Like the eggplant.)

2008 Black Smith Merlot
14.2%. really went well with the eggplant.big, rich, clean and smooth. stands up to the sweet pepper. [10] $17.00

Black and Bleu Salad

2010 Ca de Calle Merlot
14.0% alc. blended with 2% Petit Verdot. a very good wine and woth the bottle price. [18] $20.00

Fruit Salad in a Cake Custard Cup
(a delightful dessert.)

2010 Six Hats Chenin Blanc
13% alc. really delightful and refreshing with the fruit. [17] $12.00

A great evening with a diversified menu and wine selection. I really think that Cristi and The Crew out did themselves tonight with everything they prepared. If you missed this, there will be others. The second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. The same menu and wine selection is presented each night. Next month I understand that Soup will be the theme. Hope to see you there. Cheers!