Moving to the table, we started with a watermelon and feta salad over arugula tossed in a light olive oil vinaigrette, with pickled onions. Next up was penne pasta in a spicy sun dried tomato and roasted red pepper cream sauce. This was followed by oven roasted strawberry grouper topped with roasted corn salsaand served with roasted asparagus. (Can you tell I like roasting stuff? It’s so easy… just season stick in there and come back when it is finished.) The wines up until this point included: 2007 Brovia Ca’ Mia Barolo, 1999 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2006 Numanthia Termes and a 2003 Chateau Saint Pierre. I thought it was a great wine night. All the wines were drinking nicely and there was not a dud in the bunch.
Next up was a cheese course with Stilton, Gorgonzola, 12 month aged Manchego, a creamy cow’s milk cheese from the USA and some Saint Nectaire. These were all served with bread, honey and jam. I seem to have forgotten to put out the pears that were also meant to go with this course. Oh well, nobody noticed. With the
cheese we enjoyed a 1985 Dow’s Vintage Port.
Dessert was a triple chocolate tart – chocolate graham cracker crust filled with a chocolate ganache filling and topped with a chocolate glaze. I finished the whole thing off with Godiva liqueur whipped cream and some fresh raspberries (you know, so we could call this “fruit”). We ended the meal with a delicious, yet unnecessary Carlisle MontafiRanch zinfandel. It was a great evening.