Monday, 13 June 2011

I had company yesterday

We did some tasting as usual.
We had Pinot Gris from California 2008.
It's  fruity on the nose, fuzzy peach on the palate.Very nice!

Also Riesling from Niagara's Konzelmann estate winery 2009. Lovely, off dry, green apple on the nose.Very tasty Riesling.

Beringer's Cabernet Sauvignon from California.Wonderful, balanced, medium bodied with a lot of black berries on the palate.

And Zinfandel.
Our appetizer was salad caprese, first entree-shrimp in marinara sauce with feta cheese.
Second-chicken alfredo and mushrooms with leek.
The desert was individual apple tartes with french vanilla ice cream.The wine, Spatlese, late harvest. Sweet, but not too sweet. Fresh and aromatic, very good with the apple tartes.

Some of my friends don't drink wine at all. Some prefer only certain types of wine.
So I introduced the wines I had picked out. I like California wines more and more. The south sun gives the grapes a very pleasant richness and aroma. A balance and good level of acidity.
Pinot Gris was lovely and fizzy. The Pinot Grigio is a grape mutated from black grape Pinot Noir.
Pinot Gris itself is dark grape too, but white wine is made from it.

In every region Pinot Gris tastes different. You can try to compare wines from Alsace and Italy and taste the distinction for yourself.
And so, after tasting wines we started tasting food with all the wines. And again new sensations surprised my friends.The varieties in food and wines worked in contrast for everyone.
My friends were interested very much. So I think our tasting was a success!

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