As always we start our guests off with bubbles. We went with a Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava. Light and dry, it was a perfect start to our evening.
- Tuna belly on toast with capers and preserved lemon
- Anchovy and piquillo pepper suffed green olives
- Iberico jamon (ham)
Both wines paired exceptionally well with the course. The Albarino complemented the lemon in the tuna as well as the salty anchovies and olives.
- Spaghetti squash, black lentil, chanterelle and golden raisin gratin with a pine nut sauce
- Peas with mint and romesco sauce
The malbec was the winner here. You may not think malbec for a vegetable course, but the gratin stood up to it with the earthy lentils and mushrooms.
|Goat cheese croquettes|
- Herbed goat cheese croquettes
- Piquillo peppers stuffed with farmers cheese topped with balsamic and toasted pine nuts
- Empanadas x 2 - Ground lamb and pear, blue cheese & walnut
- Potato Bravas with garlic aioli
Both of these wines sang with this course. The strong flavors from the goat cheese and the lamb went great with the bold earthy flavors of the Tero Cab. The smooth silkiness of the Wineglass Cab complemented the piquillo peppers well.
- Baked chorizo and egg with garbanzo beans
- Roast Iberico pork loin with marinated vegetables. Smoked date and fig purees.
We got to play with our new paella pan on a large scale. We prepared this traditional Spanish dish consisting of mussels, prawns, clams, chorizo and vegetables stewed together in saffron rice. It turned out perfectly.
Wine pairings: 2006 LAN Rioja Crianza, 2008 Castillo De Feliciana Rosebud Tempranillo, 2008 Gramercy Cellars Inigo Montoya Tempranillo.
The Gramercy Temp really stole the show for this round. It was so smooth and well balanced, especially for such a young wine.
We ended the night with fig, chocolate & marsala dessert empanadas and homemade sea salt caramels.
We are so pleased how our wine dinner turned out this year. It was our best year yet. Now, they question is how to top it next year?
I have to give a huge shoutout to The Spanish Table in downtown Seattle. They have an amazing selection of Spanish products and they were very helpful in helping us pick out the Spanish wine we were looking for. Also Ocho in Ballard, where many inspirational meals were had to help us develop our menu this year.