Wine of the Month Club Dinner Menu
Even though our regular wine tasting events expose our customers to many different types of wine from across the globe we can’t truly showcase the flavors without food. The wine may be enjoyable, but to really savor the wine, you need to pair it with the right type of food.
Have you ever heard of Grenache Blanc, Monastrell, or Cotes du Rhone? If you’re like the vast majority of us, probably not. Typically we purchase familiar varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot from California vintners and feel intimidated by names we can’t even pronounce.
As I have learned, working for Kahn’s Fine Wines these past eight years, there is a world of excellent, affordable wine out there. Having the opportunity to try so many different varietals and blends has broadened my horizons, tantalized my taste buds, and made me eager to try something new. So I created a full dinner menu around three different wines for your enjoyment.
Wikipedia defines wine and food matching “as the process of pairing food dishes with wine to enhance the dining experience.”
First Course: Smoked Salmon and Beaufort Cheese, a firm, raw cow's milk cheese associated with the gruyere family. An Alpine Cheese, it is produced in Beaufort, which is located in the Savoie region of the French Alps. Pair with 2010 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc. (Order on Kahn's website)
Second Course: Simple Peach Salad, based upon your taste, simply toss together some or all of the following: arugula, fresh peaches, chopped red onion, cucumber, fresh creamy goat cheese and sliced almonds for some crunch. Drizzle with a bottled vinaigrette or make your own with a chopped peach, vinegar, oil, salt & pepper, blended together in a blender. With the strong peach flavors in the wine and its relative earthiness, a terrific pairing is 2010 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc.
Main Course: Smoky Grilled Pork Chops I make these chops frequently and they are GREAT Sautéed Peppers with Garlic, Eggplant and Potatoes Pair with 2009 Bodegas Castano Hecula. (Order on Kahn's webiste) Some of the dominant aromas and flavors of Monastrell wine are smoke, earth and spice which pair so nicely with roasted or smoked meats and hearty vegetable dishes.
Dessert: Divine Chocolate Bundt Cake This recipe has been a family favorite for years, so easy, yet simply delicious. Pair with 2011 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius (Order on Kahn's website), chocolate and red wine – What’s Not to Like?
I hope that my introduction to three of May’s Wine of the Month Club selections will encourage you to consider joining our club and prompt you to try a wine you’ve never drank before.