Tonight we had a few of Karen’s friends (and now our friends!) over for dinner to unite over a love for Charlottesville and a love for wine.
Bill and Gayle are the son and daughter-in-law of Jack + Jamie Davies, who bought Schramsberg Winery in Napa Valley in 1965. Karen met them at the Cville Film Festival and knew we should get together to talk wine.
Tracy and Clayton are Karen’s other great friends from Madison County and we’ve enjoyed getting to know them since moving here (we went to their Christmas party!)
Appetizers for the group – simple, Barefoot Contessa style
The Davies brought a bottle of Brut Rose, which we uncorked and tasted around the room. I loved it! It had the structure of a wine with all the bubbles you’d expecting from a sparkling.
We also enjoyed a Prince Michel Symbius that Tracy and Clayton brought (LOVE that one!) and a white merlot Matt and Karen picked out for the evening. I tasted both throughout our dinner.
To eat we served a classic – Bleu Cheese + Date Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (local from the Organic Butcher!)
Matt took two tenderloins and butterflied them, and then butterflied those pieces and layered in a mash of chopped dates and our favorite D’Auvergne Bleu Cheese. Tie ‘em up with baker’s twine and bake for about 30-45 minutes at 400* until pork reaches desired temperature
We also served maple + garlic sauteed kale
Karen made a parmesan jasmine rice
And her No Knead Bread
Dessert was especially scrumptious!! Apple Pie bake topped with vanilla bean ice cream!!
And decaf coffee for us adults
‘Twas a super fun night – we love to entertain! We’re having Great Harvest for dinner on Wednesday night and friends over on Valentine’s a week from today! Gonna be a busy one.
Dishes to do!