Sunday, September 20, 2009

Taste Club South America

Too much fun at the Taste Club last night! That's my monthly wine and food pairing dinner held at Cooks Warehouse Brookhaven. We tasted 9 wines from South America and ate like cowboys - 
Churrasco style Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Peruvian Potatoes. Here's a couple of pictures from the kitchen - the fabulous assistants and the beautiful food. Couldn't do it without the assistants - they make everything go run like clockwork. I feel very fortunate to have such good help!  I'll share the recipes in a couple of Friday Fours, but until then - here's my list of wines from last night. South American wines are such an incredible value for the quality. And it's so easy to recognize the wines - almost all their wines are labeled by the grape variety. Every delicious wine we had last night cost less than $20 - can you believe it? 

Crios Torrontes: Argentina's answer to Chardonnay. Light and crisp with peach and honey aromas, followed by a crisp citrus taste. If you like Viognier - you will like this as well.
Montes Sauvignon Blanc: Somewhere between a French Sancerre and a New Zealand Sav Blanc this makes a perfect accompaniment to shellfish
Alfredo Roca Pinor Noir: Not your ordinary Pinot! This one is light and red berry filled - One of the best surprises of the evening
Casa Lapostolle Merlot: Tasty Merlot from one of Chile's biggest vineyards
Montgras Reserva Carmenere: One of the six grapes that are allowed in a Bordeaux, Carmenere is a up-and-comer grape from Chile. Similar to a Merlot but with more leather, toasty flavors.
Catena Malbac: Classic dark purple Malbac from a wonderful producer, can't get much better than this...
Maipe Malbac: The winner! Who knew a wine this good could be bought for less than $10? Amazing find from Costco
Norton Privada: This 92 rated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbac is a beautiful big powerful red that was a perfect evening "ender" with our chocolate almond cake