Happy Champagne Day!
We will be celebrating Champagne Day all weekend! Our celebration began last evening as we enjoyed tapas with wine pairing at Rockfish Restaurant in the Grandin Village, Roanoke, Virginia. Every third Thursday of the month they offer a flight of tapas paired with a wine flight. https://www.rockfishfood.com/. The theme last evening was Italy.
Our evening commenced with a glass of bubbly at home…
(Photograph by megapixie.com)
Then on to Rockfish…Our first tapa was Gouda, caramelized onion and spiced apple. This tapa would be easy to recreate at home. It was served with Prosecco di Valdobbiadene.
Oyster Rockfish, fried with arugula puree, fennel apple slaw.
Tapas were originally designed to place “on top” of the wine glass to keep away flies. The Oyster Rockfish was paired with Broglia Gavi La Meirana. This lovely white wine is like “Pinot Grigio” on steroids. It has a lively lemon lime acidity that is a perfect pairing with seafood.
Swedish style meatball paired with Montevento Montepulciano. The rich berry jam notes in this wine complemented the tangy tomato flavors in the meatball sauce.
My favorite tapa of the evening was the Duck Pastrami, bourbon mustard and pickled onion. Paired with Langhe Nebbiolo.
After devouring the tapas we were still a bit peckish, so we ordered a cheese plate that was accompanied by delicious Rockfish flatbread crackers.
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