The Annual Indian Village Woman’s Garden Club Wine Tasting was Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:00pm. It was, again, at Michelle’s beautiful home, lavishly decorated for the autumn holidays. A popular event, it was a perfect time to invite neighbors and friends. Excellent company, paired with wine, non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, fruits and cheeses made it a night for everyone to enjoy.
Our experienced sommeliers, Keith Martin and Michael Strizich, presented six wines and five cheeses, all careful described in the evening’s program summarized below.
The first wine was Night Nectar Demi Sec (2015), a sparking wine from South Africa, produced by the same method used in French champagnes. Slightly sweet, it teamed perfectly with the Manchego cheese served with walnuts and honey.
The second wine was from France, a Belleruche Rose (2015). It was silky, pink blend of 50% grenache, 40% syrah and 10% cinsault. It was enjoyed with Le Roule Herb, a log of soft French cheese rolled with herbs, garlic and cranberries.
The third wine, from Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, was Shady Lane Cellars’ Semi-Dry Riesling (2013). Sweet and crisp, it was delicious with the Fromager d”Affinois, a soft double cream cheese from France.
Reds started with the fourth wine, Poggio Alto (2014) Piccini Toscano, from Italy. Mostly sangiovese grapes, with small amounts of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, it has soft, fruity flavors. The paired cheese was a Black Diamond Canadian cheddar.
The fifth wine was The Spanish Quarter (2014) from north-east Spain. A blend of cabernet and tempranillo grapes, It was full bodied and spicy with a warm oak finish. It was delicious with a Delft Blue Cheese, an unusual blue made of Dutch Gouda cheese injected rocqueforti bacteria.
The final wine was McMannis Family Vineyards’ Petite Sirah (2014) from California. A dry red with black fruit flavors, it is an excellent “vin ordinaries”, for everyday use. To mark the end of the tastings, it was paired with rich dark chocolate.
After the wines were presented, we moved on to dessert: a selection of baklava and other mid-eastern pastries from acclaimed Shalita Bakery in east Dearborn. There was ample wine left, and non-alcoholic beverages, to wash down the sweets.
All wine were purchased at Cost-Plus Wines in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Garden Club members and Indian Village residents may receive a discount at this excellent store.
Cheeses were from Devries & Company which has served Detroit since 1887. Formerly know as Hirt’s Cheese, Devries is located several doors north of Cost-Plus. Both businesses are open Tuesday through Saturday. Their busiest day is Saturday when Eastern Market has one of the country’s largest farmer’s market.
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