Sunday, September 21, 2008

Gluttony and Sloth

An absolutely perfect day for the Winefest - breezy, cool (except for a brief bit right after lunch), 40 wineries, and food galore. It was a lot of fun. We met two couples from Salt Lake City, and spent the day tasting new wines and eating tasty food in the tent.

But the highlight was the Wine Maker's Dinner at the Chateau at Two Rivers, catered by The Cowboy and the Rose-- a seven course dinner paired with wines from Two Rivers (and other wineries). We attended this dinner last year, and it's definitely going to become a yearly event.
1st Course
Two Rivers Reisling
Salmon and Cheese

2nd Course
Two Rivers Merlot
Red Pepper Gouda Soup
Garlic Parley Soup

3d Course
Grand River Viognier
Stuffed Roma Tomato with Micro Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette,
Mozzarella, Crispy Proscuito, Carpaccio

Black Currant Sorbet

4th Course
Slate Point Pinot Gris
Squid ink Linguini Stuffed Calamari w/Lobster Sauce,
Baby Zucchini, Roasted Heirloom Tomato

5th Course
Two River Syrah
Smoked Quail with Dried Cherry Sauce, Purple Potato, Quinoa
and Pearled Onion

6th Course
Two River Vitners Blend
Buffalo Tenderloin with Cabernet Sauce
Hericot-Vert beans, and Baby Carrots

7th Course
Garfield Estates Vin de Glace
Key Lime Pudding Cake with Guava and Raspberry Puree
and Grilled Pineapple
The buffalo was just about the best thing I've ever had -- so tender it didn't even require a knife. And - someone spent a lot of time on presentation and plating. The seafood course was parboiled squid that was stuffed with linguini, so it looked like a squid swimming lobster sauce. They even tied the beans together with a chive. It was lovely.

And the Vin de Glace with dessert? One of my favorites. We bought two bottles at the festival during the day and were so pleased it was on the menu!

I'm calling to get on the list for next year's dinner as soon as possible.

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