Recently, I celebrated my birthday at La Poste Eatery and Wine Room and it was one of the best wine and food experiences ever. We decided to have wine pairings with dinner.
Our first course was the Foie Gras on Banana Bread with a sliced Banana with caramelized sugar on top that had a maple carmel syrup finished with cracked sea salt. We had a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne. The hint of sweetness from the Champagne complimented the syrup and the Banana Bread and the driness of the brut matched perfectly with the salt. The Foie Gras melted in your mouth and had this creamy after taste.
The second course was an order of Ravioli with a field blend of mushrooms, fresh sage, cream, and parmesan reggiano. It was paired with Styring Estate Pinot Noir ’06, this was one of the best comfort combinations that I ever had. The Ravioli had a parmesan sage cream sauce with crispy pieces of sage on top that added a slight crispiness to the cream. The Styring Estate Pinot Noir was the perfect pairing. It was a very soft tasting with berries and finish with tannins. This is one of the best well balanced Pinot Noir that I have ever tasted.
The third course was fresh catch of John Dory, a nice crispy white fish with a wonderful red wine reduction with sliced carrots and sliced parsnips. A sweet and savory taste intertwined with the light fish was perfect and it was paired with Domaine Aubissieres Cuvee Silex Vouvray ’09. It wasn’t tart at all, a slightly sweet taste of melon and fruits. I loved it because it didn’t have that sour taste that Sauvignon Blancs have. A wonderful summer wine that you can drink all summer long and for $16.99 a bottle with a 90 point rating from Robert Parker who wouldn’t want to.
The last course was a white chocolate bread pudding with dried cherries and a butter cream carmel sauce. It was paired with La Tour Vielle Banyuls dessert wine. First of all anything with white chocolate and bread pudding is exquisite. The taste that carried me into bliss was the port-style wine that in France they chill and drink it as an aperitif. This nutty, fruity dessert paired perfectly with the chocolate dessert.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves wines, food and wonderful ambiance.
Irony 2010 Pinot Noir, Monterey County
Medium-bodied wine with a definite sweet cherry aroma. It smells super fruity and tastes like fresh strawberries with hints of vanilla. Firm tannins and crisp acidity, well-balanced with a smooth finish. I have always been a fan of Pinot and this one is quite good.
I can’t recall how I stumbled upon this one, but for about $12, I will buy it again.
Vina Leyda Carmenere 2010
This Chilean wine from Rapel Valley came from our wine club. It’s an interesting selection. The black pepper on the nose is especially strong. The intense, jammy fruit flavors that take over are rich but quite smooth. The finish is savory and spicy with that hint of pepper again. There is a subtle oak taste as well. No need to decant this wine. It is meant to be consumed while young and the tannin level is naturally low.
Because the wine is pretty different from what I normally drink, I don’t know that I’d have this on hand to drink every day. But I would consider buying again for a special occasion.
You all know that my husband is into bourbon. The other day he found this really cool limited edition Woodford Reserve bottle that celebrates the 138th Kentucky Derby. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Did you know they’ve been crafting bourbon whiskey at the site of the Woodford Distillery since as early as 1812?
I think this would make a great gift for someone who loves bourbon and the Derby. We’re displaying ours in the glass cabinet where we keep our liquor. The liter-size bottle retails for around $45-$50.
Don’t forget to tune in this Saturday. Post time: 6:24 p.m. If you are attending the Derby, I am so jealous. I have been only once in my life and absolutely loved it!
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