“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
John F. Kennedy, before a dinner honoring 49 Nobel Prize winners
Jefferson may have dined alone, but Jefferson Vineyards prefers to dine in numbers!
Matt and I were invited to the Jefferson Vineyards Winemaker’s Barrel Selection Dinner!
In preparation, I got my nails done (which were long overdue anyways!) [I never look at the colors of polish – I’d call these “teal” and “lavender”)
Then we dressed up
And were on our way to the vineyard
The evening began with passed canapes and the ‘09 Pinot Gris in the tasting room where we all socialized and munched on hors d’oeuvres
Followed by a gorgeous dinner in the new barrel tasting room
Impeccable pairing. It’s not everyday that I remember what lobster tastes like! This Viognier helped jog my memory. I absolutely love this Viognier!
The duck was savory and gamey and paired with such a light ricotta gnocchi that one temporarily forgot what the dish was
Paired with a duo of Merlot – the ‘07 and the ‘10. The ‘07 reminded me of Christmas in the best way possible – there was a touch of balsam in the nose! And the ‘10 was sweeter (in fruit, not sugar) and supple. I was really split 50/50 on which I liked
This bison with garlic chips and mashed potatoes – scented with lemon and herbs – was by far my favorite dish of the three. LOVED the bright flavors paired with the lighter herbs. It reminded me of the steak I had in Montana!
The ‘07 Cabernet Franc and the ‘10 Cab Frac paired beautifully with the bison. I also couldn’t choose which was the best pairing, but ultimately I think the aged wine won the battle. The contrast in tannins verses sweetish potato and buttery garlic were divine.
Winemaker Andy Reagan spoke a few words on each wine.
Before we all settled into a good book: the 2002 Merlot from the “library".” Let’s all pause to remember the year 2002. I think I was a sophomore in college drinking wine from a box!
wines wins “dessert of the year” for 2011 thus far. It was a pillow of peanut butter fluff overtop a bittersweet chocolate tart. Love at first bite!
Last but not least, we cleansed our palates with cheese. <3 cheese!
Matt and I pretty much cleared the board!
We ended the night with a cup of hot tea back in the tasting room.
In Celebration of Jefferson
And I’ll conclude with this fun fact:
Did you know that today in 1804 Jefferson was presented with a "mammoth loaf" of bread?
“At noon, a Navy baker wheeled in the mammoth loaf along with the remnants of the Baptist women’s mammoth cheese, an equally enormous side of roast beef and copious amounts of alcohol. President Jefferson stepped up, pulled out his pocketknife and cut the first slice of bread. According to written observations, the party quickly degenerated into a noisy, drunken affair.”
How appropriate for this KERF day…