On Labor Day, we had sixteen family members over for dinner and also celebrated the four birthdays in September. We started off with some cheese and crackers, and hummus. We had potato salad, Jell-O salad and my Bride’s Caesar Salad, Armenian Pilaf, vegetables, chicken breasts, hamburgers and hot dogs (for some of the youngsters) and whole beef tenderloin that I carved into medallions after cooking. We followed it up with individual birthday brownies and hot fudge ice cream filled cream puffs.
As it so happens in the month of September I am one of the four recipients, and one of the gifts that I received from my Bride was “The Wine Tasting Party Kit.” The kit has four cloth bottle covers to do a blind tasting, wineglass markers, tasting notes cards and a booklet about wine with a cheat sheet of tasting terms. It looks like it has the potential to be fun with the right group of people, time will tell.
I also went into the cellar and grabbed a couple of wines that had piqued my interest, but had not tried them yet. The white wine was a proprietary blend called Serenity 2009 from Brassfield Estate Winery with a High Valley Appellation from Clearlake Oaks, California. This wine was a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer and Semillon grapes. The wine had a more crisp taste, while I had a preconceived thought that it would have more fruit and citrus tastes. It worked very well on the hot day that we enjoyed.
The other wine that I opened was a non vintage proprietary red wine blend Uvaggio produced and bottled by L’Uvaggio Di Giacomo from St. Helena, California. This wine is a blend of Barbera grapes grown in the Sierras and the Coastal Hills of California. It had a fruit forward taste, but not overpowering and paired quite well with the beef medallions. Since it was a non-vintage indicated wine, I did not want to take a chance of a long cellar life, and tried it young, which I think is best for it.
A couple of easy drinking wines that we could enjoy without any fanfare or ado, and both did a yeoman like job. Not everyday has to be enjoyed with Premier Grand Cru wines.