Saturday, January 14, 2012

Asian Fusion Food and Wine Extravaganza - 12 people, 5 courses, 10 bottles of wine!

Asian Fusion night over at our place!

First Course - Appetizer
  • Korean BBQ Soft Tacos - Korean BBQ flanked ribs, corn tortillas, Napa cabbage
Wine Pairing
  • Château de Montfort Demi-Sec Vouvray 2009, France - $17
This wine is made from Chenin Blanc, the most prominent varietal in the Vouvray region.
Aroma - soft citrus fruit
Taste - soft citrus fruit, grapefruit, good acid

Good with tacos, which were amazing!

Second Course - Salad
  • Nobu Sashimi Salad - turnips, radishes, celery, cilantro, endive, asparagus, dressing, Tuna Tataki
Wine Pairing
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Wine Brut NV, Mendoza, Argentina - $11
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2009, Sonoma Coast, CA - $25
The first wine is effervescent and made of 100% Chardonnay.
Aroma - minerals
Taste - minerals, dry, slightly effervescent

The second wine is 100% Chardonnay, and was rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast.
Aroma - buttery
Taste - creamy, a little wood

I preferred the sparkling wine with the salad. The salad itself was incredible!!!

Third Course - Soup
  • Exotic Pumpkin Soup - pumpkin, lemon grass,
Wine Pairing
  • Handley Gewürztraminer 2010, Anderson Valley, CA - $16
Aroma - floral, lychees
Taste - lychees, dry slightly woody finish

Good together!

Fourth Course - Main
  • Miso Glazed Salmon and Vegetable Lo Mein
Wine Pairing
  • Viu Manent Secreto Viognier 2008, Colchagua, Chile - $10
This bottle was signed by the winemaker!
Aroma - citrus, soapy
Taste - citrus, mineral, a little wood, creamy (not acidic)

Good with the Lo Mein! Didn't have the wine we chose for salmon, but this one was fine with the salmon.

Fifth Course - Dessert
  • Pineapple Coconut Tres Leches Cake
Wine Pairing
  • Cupcake Prosecco NV, Italy - $9
  • Loredan Gasparini Prosecco NV, Italy - $8/half bottle
The Cupcake Prosecco:
Aroma - minerals
Taste - minerals, bubbly, dry
Yummy together!

The Loredan Prosecco:
Aroma - vanilla, creamy
Taste - creamy, a little wood?, bubbly

Liked the Cupcake Prosecco better, and it went great with the cake!

The aftermath - 10 bottles of wine (well, 9 bottles and 2 half-bottles) and dishes galore - totally worth it!

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