Gosh, that seems to be the theme of the day!!!
Tonight we had a few friends over for a blind tasting of Jefferson’s Viognier – 2008, 2009, 2010 – as part of my wine club writing for the winery. We had friends over who LOVE wine and could articulate their emotions on the flavors – to make my job easier!
All three Viogniers were incredible – one of my favorite grapes!!! I was so wrong guessing the years though.
2010 was medium bodied, fruity like a golden delicious apple with the perfect balance of sweetness and complexity, with a nose like a Sauvignon Blanc
2009 was lemony sweet with a touch of honeysuckle, a bit hot with lots of sweetness.
2008 was spicier, thinner, more alcoholic with a quick, drier finish, more like a chardonnay
So much fun!! I highly recommend blind tastings for awesome entertainment!
Seamane brought cucumbers topped with a veggie cream cheese spread – the perfect compliment to our slightly melony wine!
For dinner we had pizza – three pizzas made by Matt the expert pizza maker! He made his famous half GH flour half white rosemary crust and topped them with a medley of pesto, grilled veggies and jack cheese. Thanks to Matt for cooking while we sipped wine!
The pizzas came out of the oven one after another –
And disappeared just as quickly!
Per usual, the crust was amazing!!
On the side, I made a big salad – lots of greens with garden strawberries, slivered almonds and a light balsamic, olive oil, honey, lavender salt dressing
Our new friends Sam + Francesca came over to join us tonight. Sam is Matt’s friend from Charlottesville when he lived here at age 2 (aka “Scham”) and Karen is still very good friends with Sam’s parents (we went to their Christmas party, which was a blast!) Sam + Francesca have become fast friends, although they live in Newport, RI where Sam is in the Navy.
I showed him my grandfather’s navy correspondence for kicks – dated May 12, 1945!
Pop was the “enthusiastic communications officer,” and if you knew him, you’re probably smiling right now : )
We tasted some of Matt’s home brews with the second half of dinner and dessert
And then dug into Francesca’s Tiramisu for dessert! She is from Sicily, and boy was this authentic tiramisu!! Best I’ve ever had! I enjoyed hearing more about Sicilian ways of cooking.
There is more to have for breakfast!!
I’m going to bed now so breakfast will come fast!