Wine pairing dinners have become very popular and this past Monday we attended the Farmhouse’s first of hopefully many more. Upon arrival, we were greeted with warm smiles and a glass of Proseco, yum. The banquet room for our dinner was decorated for Christmas and the tables were beautifully set for approx 40 foodies ready to indulge.
Our first course was mixed greens with poached pears and sunflower seeds with a bacon-honey vinaigrette. Bernie can’t eat sunflower seeds and the chef was very accommodating, making a special plate for him minus the seeds. It was delicious and perfectly paired with Stag’s Leap Viognier.
I absolutely loved the second course, butter poached lobster atop a creamy smoked Gouda and lemon risotto. Being from new England I can’t get enough seafood so having lobster was a real treat. It was paired with Storypoint Chardonnay. Chardonnay is rarely my wine of choice but this had a crisp citrus quality that nicely balanced the smokiness of the Gouda.
The third course was medallions of roasted pork tenderloin with apple butter BBQ sauce and they were just that, tender and juicy. The butternut squash with grilled grape tomatoes was yum and the pairing with Etude Pinot Noir was excellent.
The fourth offering was an Angus beef ribeye with truffle mashed potatoes. The ribeye was tender and the potatoes were piped on the plate like a series of crescent moons making for a very pretty presentation. I just loved the blackberry glazed baby carrots that went with it. This course was paired with a Sterling Merlot. Everyone had a door prize ticket for the merlot and WE WON!
Dessert was so decadent, dark chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup with white and dark chocolate covered strawberries. It was paired with Stag’s Leap Investor Red. All of the wines were fabulous but I think this one was my favorite.
We dined with old friends, made several new ones and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. So looking forward to the next wine pairing dinner and I’m sure all of my fellow foodies are too. Follow The Oaks Victorian Inn on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted.