A dinner where wine isn’t oriented around food, but food is oriented around wine ^_^
The Ritz recently launched a dinner series called
, featuring notable woman winemakers around the world. The first dinner featured
from Italy, and this second dinner showcased wines by Mia Klein from
in Napa. Both Mia and Stacey Bressler (owner of Bressler Vineyard) were at the dinner which made it extra special. Such a treat when the winemaker herself walks you through her wines and shows how they’re best highlighted with certain dishes.
But first, butter bread! Plush rolls, hot from the oven. The rolls were so soft and rich there wasn’t even need for a side dish of extra butter (a rare event, indeed).
Course I: Selene Sauvignon Blanc “Hyde Vineyard” 2011. Served with…
…seared scallops with pink peppercorn and ruby grapefruit. Pea vines on top.
Course II: Selene Merlot “Frediani Vineyard” 2010
Paired with pork tenderloin (with an espresso-barbecue sauce) and cream polenta.
Course 3: A tasting of the Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (left)
Devoured with braised lamb shank and roasted root vegetable. So hearty!
The tannins on the 2009 were actually softer than the 2006, fun surprise.
For dessert, a little taste of plum tart, 66% Valrhona chocolate, and Saint-André (bottom) and Jersey Girl Colby (top) cheese.
Instead of a dessert wine, we drank Bressler “Young Vines” 2009. An ideal finish that had me craving for more,
P.S. The dinner series runs until May 15…see the