18 May, 2010
There's an App for that - Preview of food pairing experience at Newsome-Harlow
2007 Calaveras County Zinfandel: Lovely dark rich Zin which paired perfectly with the Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball. Notes of fennel in the wine were matched with notes of fennel in the sauce
2007 Dalton Syrah: Paired with a Savory Cheesecake of Polenta and Gorgonzola, I was so overcome I just noted, "amazing pair"
2007 Petite Sirah: Using fruit from both the Dalton and El Portal vineyards, Newsome Harlowe produces an inky, perfumey wine with lush tannins paired with an extravagantly delicious Chocolate Lavender Tart.
All in all an informative survey of the wines and what to pair them with. I asked Melanie what tips she had for us at home on successful pairings. She said to start with the wine and an open mind. Taste the wine for flavor elements, for example "blueberry". Then imagine the food back in. Think what you would put with the components you identify if it was the actual ingredient. Select ingredients that complement the scale of the wine. Don't put a big, bold wine with ingredients or elements that are out of scale. Imagine. Experiment. Improve. Good advice from a gifted chef!
After being treated to that fabulous lesson, I can only hope they add it to the permanent offering!
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Posted by Liza Swift