Member, TCWS Board of Directors
Neither snow nor cold, nor unplowed streets nor change of date, nor MORE SNOW could keep almost 40 society members from attending this year’s Best-of-the-Festival Gala Wine Dinner, Saturday, February 16. Those who braved the elements and obstacles were treated to a festive evening featuring outstanding food and wine pairings. Meadow Springs Country Club once again provided the backdrop for this elegant evening.
First, both long-time and brand new members had the opportunity to socialize over Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Noirs Brut Zero and appetizers. Then, it was time to move to the assigned tables to enjoy the food and wines.
Based on the comment cards received, the consensus favorite wine, by a 3-to-1 margin, was the 2016 College Cellars Barbera. It appears society members agreed with the wine festival judges who awarded this wine “Best of Show” at the 2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival.
However, when it came to the food and wine pairings, there was no overwhelming consensus as to the favorite. The wild mushroom ravioli with blue cheese, prosciutto, braised Swiss chard and pine nuts paired with the 2016 College Cellars of Walla Walla Barbera, Ciel de Cheval Vineyard had numerous supporters. Another pairing making a strong showing was the crab croquette with mango Stilton kumquat sauce paired with the 2017 Succession Wines Vixen, a Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier blend. Also receiving votes were the braised lamb chops with the 2017 Basalt Cellars Western Estate “The Family” and the lemon curd and blueberry trifle with mascarpone and the Airfield Estates Late-Harvest Riesling. Several guests commented that it was “just too hard to choose” their favorite pairing.
A recurring theme throughout the comment cards was that it was an “excellent event!” A big “THANK YOU” to Dolly Ammann, the wine society event chairman, and the Meadow Springs staff for their efforts in making this wonderful evening possible. And, from feedback received, members are now looking forward to next year’s event!