Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wines and More Wine!

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The Friday Night Wine & Dine group has had several birthdays and anniversaries in September. This week, two dinner parties were held to celebrate the birthdays and anniversaries. The first dinner was an Asian fusion theme dinner with a few exceptions!

Started the evening off with Champagne from Louis Roederer and Veuve Clicquot and appetizers of crackers and a special humus dip along with meatballs.

Dinner was comprised of several special dishes prepared by our hosts Ansuiya and Peter Singh. The first was a five spice pork tenderloin tossed with fresh vegetables and noodles.

The second dish was a Thai chicken with basil and chili’s. A special and tangy sauce of homemade tomato-habanero was a perfect complement and combination.

The next main dish was a seared ribeye steak with a Bourbon glaze. The sauce was comprised of a hot and spicy Japanese Barbecue sauce mixed with wasabi paste. This made the steak even more scrumptious and so tasty.

Another guest brought a “large bowl” of a fresh garden salad. The dressing was another original consisting of homemade white balsamic vinaigrette. The dressing was chosen to complement the spice of the main dishes.

Wines with dinner included a wide assortment of Wood Family Chardonnay (Livermore Valley), Tobin James “Big Shot” blend & Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles), Jeff Runquist Zinfandel and Barbera (Amador), Gossamer Cellars Petite Sirah (Murphys) and L’Autre Côte Cabernet Franc (Livermore Valley).

Dessert was an assortment of fresh cut fruits including Star fruit, Asian pears, peaches, Guava, Cumquats and nectarines.

For an after dinner drink, 12 year old Macallan and Glenmorangie were offered along with a Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky.

A similar meal (no pictures) was followed up the next evening at a different location and with more very excellent foods and wines. Wines included were Champagne from Moet & Chandon, Young Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Amador), Prospect 772 Black Tie Charlie (Calaveras County), Wood Family Chardonnay (Livermore Valley), Vina Moda Grenache (Calaveras County), Toulouse Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) and VJB Cellars Dante Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County).

I think we have a reprieve on birthdays and anniversaries for a couple of weeks in order to let our livers recover!!!


Michael  (Gossamer Cellars)


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