I went to the Annual Harvest Wine Dinner at "When in Rome" tonight with Chad, Aimee and two of her friends. An Italian wine expert from Argentina informed us about the wines served along with each course. It was a good atmosphere with over twenty people around the long U shaped table. The last time I had a five course meal this good was at Joël Robuchon's restaurant in Las Vegas last year.
Hazelnut Profiteroles with Blue Cheese Mousse
Wine Pairing – Piper-Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne
These were amazing, I could eaten thirty of them. Normally I'm not much a fan of champagne, but this was very good.
Salad of Mixed Greens, Golden Raisins, Smoked Duck Breast, Red Wine Vinegar Gastrique
Wine Pairing - Merlot, Lazio, Falesco, 2005
My only experience with duck has been in Beijing which I did not like at all. The tender slices of duck in this salad was completely different and I enjoyed it.
Butternut Squash Ravioli, Brown Butter, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Fried Sage Leaves
Wine Pairing - Decadent Blend from Ornellaia, Le Volte, 2007
The most delicious course with my favorite wine of the night. The buttery raviolis tasted almost like a dessert at the center of the meal and the wine had a nice fruitiness which I prefer.
Roasted Wild Boar Tenderloin with Fig and Red Wine Compote
Wine Pairing – A Marriage between Sangiovese and Merlot Luce, 2005
I thought this was the best pairing of the night. The earthy wine matched well with the Wild Boar. I had been worried about how this dish might taste before the dinner but I really liked it.
Honey and Pinenut Tart, with Vanilla Gelato and Balsamic Vinegar
Wine Pairing - Pomelo Rosso Dolce, Falesco, 2006
This dessert wine was too sweet by itself, but great with the tart and gelato. After a couple bites I avoided the drops of balsamic vinegar along the sides of the plate. It was an interesting mix of flavors, but I thought the vinegar clashed against the sweetness in the desert. It was just me though, everyone else loved it.
Every Italian restaurant serves bread but I have never had the tomato sauce that was served along with it. The sauce was a mix of the ingredients normally on top of Bruschetta, which I love. I think I ended up having over six pieces of the bread.
I watch Top Chef all the time and I felt like I experienced one of the dinners on the show. Very Fun!