A very nice gentleman let me take a photo of his Veuve Clicquot Champagne Shirt!
We began our lovely Spanish dinner experience with a glass of Parés Baltà Cava Blanca Cusiné.
Parés Baltà is a family owned traditional winery that goes back to 1790. We produce high quality wines and cavas with grapes from our 5 estates, situated around the winery and in the mountains of Penedès. The altitude varies from 170 to 750m and offers a diverse mixture of soils and microclimates. That gives a special personality to our wines by bringing the essence of the Mediterranean ecosystem to our grapes. At Parés Baltà, the winemaking is in the hands of Mª Elena Jiménez and Marta Casas, oenologists and wives of Joan and Josep. Two skilled young women whose efforts are reflected in the quality of the wines, showing fine character and concentration yet with elegance and balance.
Cava Blanca Cusiné ~ Xarel·lo, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir grapes. Light golden color with fine consistent bubbles. Delicate notes of almonds, hazelnuts, and honey. Long and complex finish.
Served with artfully created passed hors d’ oeuvresountry Ham & VA Ramp C
Sneads Ferry Clam Linguine, Fingerling Potatoes, Lamb Prosciutto, English Peas, Paddlefish Roe & Breadcrumb
Paired with 2016 Calcari White Blend
So happy to see Black Garlic incorporated into this dish…
Duck Morcilla Sausage/Red Beets, Yellow Corn Grits, Cherry Marmalade
Paired with Balta Rose de Pacs 2016
Aged Rib Eye/Ferro Verde, Charred Onion, Morel Mushrooms, Black Garlic
Paired with Gratavinum Priorat 2piR 2011
And for dessert…NC Goat Cheese Cake/Virginia Raspberries, Port Wine, Black Sesame Seed
At home later, we continued the Spanish theme through the weekend… Hondarrabi Zuri is by far the dominant white grape variety of Spain’s Basque Country, making the region’s slightly spritzy Txacoli wines. These are crisp, light citrus-tinged wines, meant to be enjoyed while young and fresh, with a tiny bit of carbonation. I’ve heard that in order to really appreciate this wine, it needs to be poured from a certain height into a flat bottom glass It needs air to express itself. A delicious accompaniment to seafood, fish and poultry. $15 range.
A very special Cava in a decorative box, perfect for a gift for a friend…or yourself! Delicate bubbles dancing in the glass. Dry with elegant spicy notes and a creamy mousse. $25 range.
My favorite Cava! With the pewter base and family crest on the bottle…so pretty in a gift basket. And now I’ve made the connection…the producer, Segura Viudas, is part of the Freixenet family of wines that includes Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma which is one of my favorite California sparkling wines. The non-vintage Reserva Heredad is the label’s top offering, made only from 67% Macabeo and 33% Parellada grapes. Aromas of smoke and honey and flavors of apples, dried fruit, and nuts. Creamy and crisp, it finishes clean and bright. Perfect pairing with almonds and walnuts to begin the meal. $30 range. http://www.seguraviudas.es/en/producte_en/reserva-heredad
My first tomato this year….thank you Gwen and Mike!
s Ferry Clam Linquini,