March 3 found us at the Quarterly Wine Dinner at the Buzz and what a delightful dinner and wine. We gave Cristi some wine for her birthday and she said she was going to share it with everyone at this dinner. We brough her some more just so she would not run out. Pictured here is one of the Ridge Vineyards that we brought her. And along with a great selection of wines that she and Paul Colwell selected, Cristi prepared a fantastic dinner. Here is what we had. Enjoy!
Stuffed Peppers and Tortilla Espanola
With this appetizer we had –
2007 Muriel Reserva which went extremely well with the Tortilla
2009 Mosen Cleto Crianza which went best with the shrimp.
Both of these wines were excellent and each one went very well with the appetizer.
This is the stuffed pepper. Notice the shrimp. Cristi used a bag of Winco sweet peppers. Roasted them about 30 minutes in the oven. Mixed the shrimp with onion, tomato, mayonnaise and sherry. It was an awesome appetizer.
Zesty Italian Sausage Soup
2009 Poggio Anima Samael. This was the best with the spiciness of the soup.
2011 Zonin Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. This tended to accentuate the spice in the soup.
California Energy Salad
2012 Snake River Unoaked Chardonnay.
2011 Matchbox Old Head Chardonnay. Great with the green pepper. Both of these wines were too close to call a winner.
Daube de Boeuf
2008 Brian Carter Byzance
2010 Bastide De Beauvert Cotes du Rhone
Both of these wines went very well with this dish. Both are very well balanced.
Had to have a little more bread for “sopping”.
Lamingtons and Neenish Tarts
2010 Blacksmith Syrah. This wine went best with the cake.
NV Shingleback Black Bubbles. Best with the tart.
Such a great evening. If you can you should really try to attend these Quarterly Wine Dinners. Cristi and crew, Tommy, Austin, and Bailey, along with Paul do a great job!! Thank-You. And I’m not sure I came up with which wine was better. It was a close tie.