Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Promenade Home

The Promenade was a wine and food event held May 3rd, in St. Cloud, MN. The evening was filled with a selection of wines, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet desserts and live musical entertainment with proceeds benefiting area charities.

Some notable wines from the tasting included:

Cave de Rasteau “Ortas Prestige” which is a blend of Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. It was rich, ripe and very robust. Match it to equally flavorful beef or lamb dishes.

Smith and Hook Cabernet Sauvignon had ample black-cherry and black-currant fruit, with hints of chocolate and pipe tobacco. Serve with standing rib roast or lamb.

J & F Lurton Araucano Pinot Noir was rated 86 points by Wine Enthusiast. Its flavors of red fruits, and its silky suppleness made it the favorite of the evening. Enjoy this wine with food that can match its full body and rich flavors like mustard roasted veal, sautéed chicken and mushroom or pasta dishes.

Erath Pinot Gris had a delicate bouquet of fresh almonds, peaches and white flowers. It had an ample, round and well defined body. (Think Rubenesque!) Match with shell-fish, oysters, white meat and soft cheeses.

Bonny Doon Riesling Vin de Glaciere Icewine had hints of pear, pineapple and nectarine. They use a process called cryoextraction which involves freezing the grapes after harvesting, then extraction. This completely goes against the rules but it’s cheap, and it tastes great.

So, swing your partner and DoSaDo into your nearby liquor store.