Monday, July 27, 2009

A fine time was had by all who came to the the home of the 'hosts with the most' Herky & Gabrielle. They have such a beautiful setting for a party.
The rain started us indoors, but soon let up so we could move outside to a gorgeous sunset. The theme was California wines. Great food, great wines, great company, great party!!!

Dan & Kathy brought a bottle of Domaine Chandon White Star Champagne matched with Kathy's outstanding Shrimp Ceviche.

Dave & Lynda presented a 2005 Arrowood Viognier, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley with some delicious crab claws.

Laura & Frank served up a 2007 Rombauer Chardonnay with some grilled seared tuna with a soy/ginger/garlic dip that was a perfect match.

Jim [Kim was in New York] brought a bottle from boutique Wendell Vineyards [less than an acre!] Santa Rita Hills 2005 Pinot Noir that he & Kim really loved when they first tried it. It is made from 60 year old vines. He made salmon in philo dough with leeks, tarragon & some rosted aspargus that we fought over to get the last piece. YUMMY!!!

Ann & Rodger brought a terrific 'story' wine -- the Melka Vineyards 1997 CJ Vineyards [after their two children] Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Ann's fantastic carmelized onion/goat cheese/tenderloin panini's toasted on her George Foreman grill were a great wine/food pairing that was praised by all.

Out on the porch overlooking the Ohio River, Herky & Garielle uncorked a magnum of 2002 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon that went extremely well with a leg o' lamb & polenta with walnuts that melted in yoru mouth.

They followed up with a sauterne from Chateau Coutet & Greenbrier peaches that left everyone ooh-ing & ahh-ing.

Thanks to the Leaches for a terrific 4 Seasons Summer Wine party on the river!