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GourmetStation Valentine Dinner - Food & Wine Pairing


Posted: February 7, 2007
by: Susan Anderson

How wonderful is this? No reservations to make, no rushing home from work, not having to get ready in a big hurry to make that dinner reservation. You can relax…….really enjoy yourself, it only takes about thirty minutes to prepare and the wine is even picked out.

I tried the two wines with both soups and both entrees because you might order one of each.  The wines are both are very food worthy and depending on whether you are a red or white wine drinker you would be happy with either wine with either entrée.  I thought the Bordeaux Blanc paired better with both the Bistro Mushroom and Cream of Tomato Basil Soup, but I wasn’t disappointed with the pinot noir.

My notes on the two wines are as follows:

Baron de Rothschild Collection Saga R Bordeaux Blanc 2003: Golden color. Lemon, mineral nose.  Ripe flavors of pear, white raisin, and mineral. Finishes with a touch of citrus peel. Elegant, silky texture.  Tastes like a Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon blend. Saga_blanc_2

Domaine M Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 2003: Beautiful burgundy color. Textbook pinot noir bouquet – black cherry, raspberry, cola, spice nose with a touch of earth and smoke. Delicate flavors of black and red fruits with candied apple peel and violets, good acidity, soft finish of spice and smoky oak.

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I found both wines softened the richness of the chicken Montrachet and salmon en croute. The wines cleansed the palate making you want another bite. Both of the wines were elegant, they accentuated the flavors of the entrée and did not overwhelm the flavors of the food.

And guess what, the leftover’s tasted just as good. Just make sure you refrigerate both the Saga R Bordeaux Blanc and the Domaine M Pinot Noir if you have any leftovers.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Susan Anderson


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