Some dear friends of ours built a brand new house out in the country on a private road on a private lake. We went out to see the new house now that it has been completed. The last time we stopped there, it was still in construction mode and we sat on lawn chairs and made a make shift table to enjoy some munchies and wine. This time they regaled us with all the pomp and circumstance of the day.
We began by enjoying some pre-Prohibition cocktails that they learned how to make at a class they attended. They remembered that I enjoy a Vermouth Cocktail and that was one of the drinks that they learned, I guess I am older then I thought. Most establishments make the drink with just basic sweet and dry vermouth and a dash of Angostura bitters, normally after the waiter/waitress returns asking me what a Vermouth Cocktail is. Our dear friends used a wonderful vermouth called Perucchi which is made in Spain. It was very flavorful and was a welcome change from the basic vermouths I usually encounter. He also made some pre-Prohibition style martinis which were much different from the classic martini that is now made.
We started off with three different cheeses, crafted salami, crackers, mustard, fresh bread and a Bruschetta olive spread. We then had a Caesar Salad that my Bride made and finished at their house. We then enjoyed a huge Salmon filet that had been dry rubbed before being cooked, and this was accompanied by a rice and vegetable casserole. For dessert we had a homemade pineapple upside down cake and French-pressed coffee. The men also enjoyed tasting two distinct sipping bourbons, with a short cigar out on the verandah. A most filling dinner and the conversation that went with the dinner were exceptional.
We began with a bottle of Vouvray wine from the Loire Valley of France. The wine was from the Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Cuvee Silex 2009. The Loire Valley is known for both sparkling and still wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape. This particular was a still wine and it was labeled Sec or dry, as this wine is offered also in a sweeter version. It had a very subtle nose, and to the taste it was very acidic and fruity at the same time. It was a very nice wine paired with the appetizers.
After the salad course we started drinking a Beringer Knights Valley Meritage 2008, which we had brought over, and my Bride was happy to have a red wine with her salmon. This particular Meritage wine is a little more unique in that it had not only Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot but also Malbec which gave it a twist from most Meritage wines, because I find that most of them try to emulate a Bordeaux or Claret style of wine. Everyone marveled at the color, nose and taste of this wine.