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Wine Tasting & Dinner Parties

pairing-red-wine-and-foodLove wine? So do we!   We are experts in food and wine pairing! Simply choose your tasting format, and we will handle the rest. 

Formal Tasting Dinner: Wines are carefully paired with each course of the meal to enhance your dining experience.  Have some bottles you are itching to uncork?  Let's make an event out of opening those bottles from the cellar!!

Casual Wine Tasting:  This is a fun way to keep folks mingling and chatting while enjoying the wines and custom menu.  Guests can saunter from station-to-station to taste specifically paired wines, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres. 

Need more suggestions?

  • Fabulous wines under $25 (or any specific dollar amount)
  • Specific countries, regions or varietals
  • Highlight local wineries
  • Girls night in-home wine tasting
  • Jack and Jill bridal showers
  • Rehearsal Dinners -A great way to mingle two newly introduced families!

Sample Menus:

Autumn Wine Dinner
As the leaves start to fall, and Summer comes to an end, we celebrate the flavors that autumn offers us!

Appetizer - Baked Black forest ham and gruyere dip served with Crostini
SaladBaby Spinach, pears, walnuts and goat cheese with warm bacon vinaigrette
Entree
Baked Salmon with Buerre Rouge Sauce accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetable and Mashed Potatoes topped with Truffle Butter
DessertCrème Brulee

East Meets West Food and Wine Pairing
Enjoy and evening of West Coast wines paired with local produce and delicacies from the East coast! So relax and enjoy, we got this!

AppetizerSweet Potato and Crab Cake with lemon-sage aioli
Salad - Panko fried goat cheese medallions atop fresh local greens with Homemade Lemon- Honey-Thyme vinaigrette and candied Pecans
First Course: Mushroom and black pepper risotto finished with crispy prosciutto and parmesan cheese
Second Course: Cherry Cabernet Glazed Lamb Chops served with quinoa, roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash
Dessert: Chocolate ganache mini "martinis" topped with fresh berries, zabaglione and amaretto cookies

An Evening in Italy
Ciao!  Enjoy an evening of Italian cuisine paired with fantastic wines that Italy has to offer!  Buon Appetito!

Antipasti -Sweet bay scallops swimming in a fragrant warm tomato –fennel-herb dressing laced with flavors of toasted cardamom and fennel spices, fresh basil and tarragon.
Insalata - Seasonal mixed greens and grilled radicchio garnished with blood orange supremes, caramelized onions, grated soppressata (Anne’s family recipe) and polenta croutons tossed with a blood orange vinaigrette.
~Palate Cleanser - Red Grapefruit-Campari Granita ~
Prima Piatti
- Heavenly, light pillows of ricotta-based spinach gnocchi with tomato-cream pink vodka sauce with leeks, tender prosciutto and grated parmigiano reggiano. 
Secondi Piatti - Succulent Porchetta - Rollatini of pork seasoned with fennel, salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika accompanied friggione – a Bolognese dish of potatoes, tomatoes and onions.
Dolce - Vanilla panna cotta drizzled with Cara Cara orange sauce and an almond cookie. 

Winter Warmer Dinner Party
This is a great way to get folks together on a cold Connecticut evening.  Tell me your not hungry after reading this menu!

Appetizer - Seafood Cocktail - This light and bright seafood cocktail offers a white wine and lemon poached shrimp and bay scallops adorned with a zippy Lemon Horseradish Sauce and garnished with fresh chives.
Soup Wild Mushroom Soup - A wonderful mix of mushrooms sautéed with pancetta served in a broth infused with thyme, finished with sherry and drizzled with crème fraiche. Accompanied by a crispy, melted Arethusa Camembert crostini for dunking.
Salad - Mixed greens and arugula with Champagne Vinaigrette -tossed together with spring asparagus, red onion, dried cranberries, ricotta salata and toasted pistachios drizzled with homemade Champagne Vinaigrette.
~ Palate Cleanser - Lemon Granita ~
Entree - Braised Short RibRed wine and root vegetable braised beef short ribs accompanied by Pommes Duchesse .
Dessert - Chocolate Tart -Decadent dark chocolate tart in a spiced pecan crust with drizzles of crème anglaise and fresh strawberry coulis.

 

Spanish Wine Tasting & Tapas 

This tapas style format will give your taste buds a diverse tour of Spanish cuisine and selected Spanish wine varietals.

First Course - Shrimp Escabeche & Avocado Puree– Shrimp cooked and marinated in infused oil, vinegar and red onion. Accompanied by creamy avocado puree.
Second Course - Chorizo Fideo Cakes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli – Fideo (toasted vermicelli pasta) combined with spicy chorizo, pan-fried until crispy and topped with lemon-garlic aioli.
Third Course - Chicken with Catalan Picada – This Catalan dish, reminiscent of Mexican mole, gets its complexity from spices and bittersweet chocolate. This flavorful sauce is thickened with a Picada - a blend of toasted bread, toasted almonds, herbs and garlic.
Fourth Course  - Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cabrales Blue Cheese - Sweet dates delicately stuffed with Cabrales cheese and wrapped in bacon.
Fifth Course - Smoked Paprika Rubbed Steak with Valdeon Butter– Flank steak seasoned with a smoky garlic marinade, grilled and topped with a Valdeon cheese and shallot compound butter. Served with Pisto (Spanish Ratatouille) drizzled with a sherry reduction.
Sixth Course - Tarte de Santiago and Lemony Whipped Cream – A traditional Spanish almond cake topped with a refreshing lemon whipped cream.