Upon arrival, we received a handout with some good information on the various wines and our passport. The fun idea was that we would have our passport stamped as we traveled around the world tasting white wines.
To encourage members to mix and mingle, the event was semi-standup. This worked. Members were interacting and moving around, obviously having a good time.
The wines were interesting and the food – prepared by members – to accompany the wines was very tasty. I especially enjoyed an unusual salad prepared by Ken Kramer and the empanadas made by Sue McCargar. I prepared the shrimp so, of course, I thought that was good!
Folks must have been having a good time because only 10 out of the 43 attendees turned in a comment card. So, it was difficult to conclude which wine and food pairings were the favorites. There were 3 votes for Grüner Veltliner with goulash and 2 for the Vouvray with steelhead or Brie.
About the wine and food pairings, I thought overall they were very good. My personal favorite was the Albariño with shrimp and capicola ham. The German Riesling – a Kabinett – seemed rather sweet to me, but it paired nicely with the steelhead as did the Vouvray. I especially liked the Torrontès with the empanadas; and, the blueberries and Sémillon worked for me. I mistook the pieces of white chocolate for croutons and put them in the goulash; but, WOW, what an auspicious mistake! The white chocolate enhanced the flavor of the goulash and made for a terrific pairing with the Grüner Veltliner!
Chuck & Sue McCargar – thanks for the fun tasting.