The Best of Show Gala Dinner at Meadow Springs Country Club was another excellent evening of fine wine and delectable food. The ambience in the club’s banquet room was enhanced by soft candle light, gleaming crystal stemware, elegant black floor-length table cloths and logo base service plates. Meadow Springs is a wonderful venue, well known for providing the area’s best in fine dining and friendly service. The purpose of the dinner was to showcase wines that won top awards at the 41st Tri-Cities Annual Wine Festival with an elegant multi-course dinner.
The evening began with a Champagne reception along with some very tasty passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests were treated to an award-winning sparkling wine from Treveri Cellars, a NV Blanc de Noir. Treveri is a winery that has won numerous medals at the festival year-after-year. This year it won the coveted double-gold award! Lively and refreshing, it was the perfect beginning to a great event.
Sitting down to dine, the first course, a butter poached spot prawn on a polenta cake with grilled pineapple and papaya chutney, was paired with the Best of Show award winning wine, the Yakima River 2018 Sémillon. For me this was a divine pairing and my favorite pairing of the evening.
The second course, seared Arctic char with grilled fennel cannellini ragout and risotto, was called the “Battle of the Syrahs.” Prosser Vineyard & Winery’s Bills 2015 Estate Syrah and MonteScarlatto’s 2017 Estate Syrah both won double-gold medals at the festival. Guests were asked to vote by a show of hands which Syrah they preferred. There was no clear winner. The votes were about 50/50.
The entrée course, a tender filet of beef with a delicious wine and berry demi-glace, was called the “Battle of the Cabernets.” This course was paired with the Mercer 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and Water from Wine 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. Both of these wines won double-gold medals. Again guests were asked to vote which of the 2 wines they preferred. This time the Mercer wine was the clear winner.
The dinner ended with a decadent flourless chocolate cake paired with the Daven Lore 2018 BRIX Dessert Wine. WOW, wine and chocolate – always a special treat!
It was a fun evening with many wonderful comments from members. The event comment cards indicated that the Yakima River 2018 Sémillon was the favorite wine of the evening followed by Mercer 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Treveri NV Blanc de Noir. The favorite pairing of the dinner appeared to be the Syrah wines with the Arctic Char and grilled fennel cannellini ragout. Members indicated that they definitely would like to see more events similar to this one on the society’s schedule. The prearranged seating was also a hit.
Hope to see you at the next society event!