Wine Down Wednesday- Wine and Supper Clubs

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New Zealand Mussels- Sauvignon Blanc

What a great way to show off your wine and food pairing skills by having a wine or supper club over to the house. If you do not want to worry about space for sixteen or less, then host one on the patio or deck. Turn up the heat with the barbecue and serve some good chilled wines, but do not let the opportunity of learning about new wines and trying you hand at global recipes slip away with summer. If there is not one in your area, then start your own with a few friends, and then watch; it will take off like wildflowers.

“When it comes to American Sauvignon Blanc, wine makers will try to imitate either the elegant French style of a Sancerre, a Poully-Fume or the vibrant grassy style of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, hence it may be tough to figure out what you are buying.” says our PIWC wine writer Adrienne Turner in her Sauvignon Blanc post.

However I found the foods paired with this AWS tasting- Sauvignon Blancs, Shiraz, and a two dessert wines really complimented the wines.

Menu- New Zealand Mussels, poached Salmon with dill tartar, kiwi seafood ceviche, smoked boneless leg of lamb with rosemary fingerling potatoes, and my new favorite- sweet english peas with mint are just the beginning. The dessert course consisted of chewy oatmeal cookies called ‘Anzac’, ice cream over ‘Pavlova’, another treat of New Zealand, and of course some sliced Kiwi graced the plate.

Sometimes the simple cuisine of another country can work so well with a good Sauvignon Blanc (example: Cloudy Bay)

Adrienne and I have the opportunity to (we met at last years tastings) be part of a great Central Jersey wine group- American Wine Society. We meet once a month at a pre-determined location and enjoy themed wine and food pairings. Her and I both have had the opportunity to host our own event in the home, and we recommend you join a group near you!

Chef Elizabeth Stelling Food ~ Wine ~ Fun!

Scene 17, Pinot Noir 07- Lamb, fingerlings & Mint Peas

Supper Clubs Reborn- Crop To Cuisine


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