We were impulsive this weekend which is very unusual for us. At the last minute we decided to attend a local charity event. The only reason we decided to go was because it was for a local charity that my hubby is very passionate about. It turned out to be a fun evening with a silent auction and wine tastings.
The event was catered by a terrific restaurant so the food was delicious. This made the wine tastings more enjoyable.
The menu included a spread of various cheeses; spicy seafood dishes and crab cakes; beef filet; and pastries and fresh fruits which were perfect pairings for the wines.
Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2007 (under $20.) This white wine is made with the Falanghina grape which is one of the varietals grown in the central and southern regions of Italy and has been gaining in popularity.
The wine has a pale golden color with aromas of apple, banana and pineapple with flavors of citrus and a bit of minerality on the finish. Great with the seafood.
NW Wine Company Pinot Gris 06 ($15) had aromas of banana, white peaches and pears with hints of nutmeg and vanilla. It had fresh acidity from the citrus that balanced well with the flavors of the vanilla and quince on the finish. Again this was terrific with the seafood dishes that were served.
Le Dauphin de Château Guiraud Sauternes ($20) This was my first experience tasting a Sauternes with real food. This was a delightful dessert wine that had flavors of dried apricot and lemon with a spicy finish. This was so good with the fresh fruits and pastries.
Cueca Carménère Reserva ($14) I really enjoyed this Carmenere from Chile. It had aromas of spices, cherries and nuts with delicious berry flavors and spice. This was just perfect with some of the cheeses and the filet mignon.