After Rebecca and Ed made plans to come down for the weekend, we decided it would be fun to have a wine tasting dinner right here. They were to pick the wines and I would make a menu around it. Craig and I thought it would be fun to make the menu a complete surprise, so we banished everyone from the kitchen between courses. It worked out really well and we are hoping to do it again soon!
Course 1 ~ Cavicchioli Sparkling Red Wine
prosciutto wrapped arugula salad bundles topped with balsamic vinaigrette and a romano cheese curl
Course Two ~ 2004 Horton Viognier
Homemade pork dumplings with a spicy soy dipping sauce
Course Three ~ 2001 Bellini Chianti
Italian Trio - Homemade spinach ravioli in a thyme butter sauce; Crostini with Arugula, mozzarella, & prosciutto; Rigatoni with homemade spicy vodka sauce
Course Four ~ 2000 Geyser Peak Reserve Meritage
Roasted Beef Tenderloin with cayenne blue cheese dipping sauce, carmelized onion mashed potatoes, and asparagus bundles
Course Five ~ 2004 Ferrari Carano Grenache Rose
"Fruit Taco" - Taco shaped almond lace cookie filled with whipped cream, fresh berries, and a drizzle of raspberry coulis.