Australian Wine and Food (and Cheese) at Marty’s Market

Another beautiful evening was spent with the nice folks at Marty’s Market – Regina and her Chef Steve and their entire crew made us feel welcome yet again with some great food.   And as always, the mixture of food, wine, and energized people made for a memorable experience.   Especially nice to see some new faces in the crowd too – glad to grow the group!    Here is what we had – Nice pairings all!

FIRST COURSE – Fried Oyster, Shiso, Pickled Shallot, Remoulade

WINE: Leeuwin Estate Art Series Dry Riesling 2011 (92 pts) – Dry Rieslings from Australia provide fresh, light bodied wines with complex flavors of lime, citrus and honey and a stone-like minerality on the finish.  Like licking a wet pebble, but in a good way!   Many people at the dinner enjoyed their first ever experience with a truly DRY Riesling – great fun to expand horizons!  (PLCB – no longer available)

SECOND COURSE – Roast Leg of Elysian Fields Lamb, Parsnip, Australian Cheddar Leeks, Jus

1st WINE: d’Arenberg Grenach/Shiraz/Mourvedre 2011 (89 pts) – From the historic McLaren Vale Vineyards south of Adelaide, this Southern Rhone blend of Grenache Shiraz and Mourvedre has generous ripe, red fruit flavors and savory finish.   Taste to me like a solid Cotes du Rhone, and a fantastic value at $10.99 (PLCB code: 46194 $10.99)

2nd WINE: Bremerton Selkirk Shiraz 2006 (92 pts) – From the super arid regions of Langhorne Creek, this Shiraz is a heavy-weight with dark fruit, plum and earthy flavors followed by a long finish.  This is our ‘cheese-guy’ David’s favorite Shiraz!    Big Country, Big Wine!  (PLCB code: 25489 $18.99)

THIRD COURSE – Lamingtons, Chocolate, Coconut, Strawberry

WINE: Bleasdale “The Red Brute” Sparkling Shiraz NV (90 pts) – Not what you might expect — this bubbly is broad, with dark fruit flavors delivered in a rich but dry package.  (PLCB code: 22835 $15.99)

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Women Wine Dinner

We are all excited about our wine and menu for our upcoming “OTG Women Wine Dinner” www.off-the-grid.ws .   Graciously hosted at e2 (www.e2pgh.com ) by chef/owner Kate Romane – the combination of tasty menu and delicious wines caused this event to sell out quickly.   Menu and wine accompaniment are as follows: 

1st Course:  anti pasta with local charcuterie by Crested Duck Charcuterie, seasonal selection of cheeses and veggies served with grilled focaccia

WINE: Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée, California USA – a well respected American sparkler that provides consistent pleasure year in and year out.   Both Chief Executive and Production Manager are women at Domaine Carneros.

2nd Course:  zucchini & prosciutto risotto with shrimp

WINE:  Jean Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose Provence 2012, Southern France – Both Jean Luc’s wife and daughter work with him to produce expressive wines from France’s Southern Regions.

3rd Course:  farmer greens with light vinaigrette, goat cheese and toasted walnuts

4th Course:  ricotta ravioli with oxtail ragu made with heirloom tomatoes and farm herbs

WINE:  Eden Hall Shiraz Eden Valley 2005, South Australia – this partly woman-owned winery has two female winemakers who have built a successful reputation for producing big Australian Shiraz.

WINE:  Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Cuvée Trassegum, Costieres de Nimes 2009 – produced by the highly capable Diane de Puymorin, this blend of Syrah and Mourvedre should provide an instructive new world/old world comparison with the Aussie Shiraz.

5th Course:  It’s a secret (probably something with some seasonal fruit… and probably a Sauternes)

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