April Wine Time

April 19, 2011 at 6:43 am | Posted in Appetizers, Wine Time | 37 Comments
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2004 Vieux Telegraphe

 

Last Fall, Bob came up with a great idea to get our wine-loving friends together once a month, at our house, to taste test a notable bottle of wine.

When this bunch gets together, and due to a series of incidents at a certain bed and breakfast back-yard gazebo in Oregon, laying down rules is a rule.

Simple. Bob picks out the wine, I provide an appetizer, Tom and Kathy and Dan and Teri trade off turns bringing another bottle of wine and an additional appetizer.

I don’t know why I don’t blog about it more. Maybe we’re just having too much fun to take photos?

I’d like to put a stop to that, so sit back and enjoy April’s event.

The Wine:

For this month’s featured selection we broke out a 2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape; It was a big rollicking wine featuring a lot of fruit, minerality and mouth-watering acidity. We all enjoyed this Southern Rhone perennial blockbuster immensely, only wishing we could break the rules and have about two more bottles.

The Food:

Kathy and Tom had just been to Omaha to visit friends and apparently returned home with their luggage packed to the gills with gourmet foodie items. Really From Omaha?? Nebraska???

Take a look at this great little slate board with the cheese types written below each one. This was definitely an impressive lineup!

From back to front:

Hard to pick a favorite, but mine was the Morbier.  You can click on the links to learn more about any of these cheeses.

A great assortment of cheese wouldn’t be complete without a classic array of crackers.

Kathy sliced up a soft baguette, topped it with Cambazola Blue Cheese and drizzled with some balsamic glaze. I couldn’t keep out of these things. Really nice flavors. The glaze was purchased in Omaha? Really?? Nebraska???  I hope I can find some in Denver, that’s a long drive.

My contribution was a recipe compliments of Stephanie over at Plain Chicken. Meatball Sliders. Frozen Italian-style meatballs, simmered in jarred marinara sauce and wrapped in Pillsbury Crescent Rolls with a slice of mozarella. Thanks Stephanie! These were incredibly good, easy to put together and a crowd pleaser. Click on the link for the recipe.

And of course, our Wine Time event wouldn’t be complete without Cheetos, a tradition Dan started at the very first event. Why do those darn things seem to pair so well with every single wine we’ve had??? 

The People:

Note to self: Remember to take photos of people too.

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