Although Chef Javier and I have worked together in the past when he was head Chef at McCarthy’s restaurant in Elkhart, this was our second wine tasting event at his new restaurant: Javier’s Bistro on Miami Street in South Bend. As you may recall, back in the summer we put on a small plate wine tasting for Javier’s one-year anniversary of his new restaurant.
On Friday evening, November 21, Chef Javier prepared a five-course dinner with which we served five different wines. The dinner had a Caribbean flair so I selected four Spanish wines and one domestic. I know that I have said in the past it is a good idea to mix New World and Old World wines but the Tiedemann Signature Selection Red was a great selection for this course. Yes, I am a little partial. The food and wine pairings for the evening were as follows:
Hors d’oeuvres – Crab Cakes Royale was served with the 2012 Lagasca Viognier. This is a full-bodied Spanish white wine – 100% Viognier – with hints of apricots, honeysuckle and golden delicious apples. We also tried the 2011 Finca la Estacada Rosé. This Rosé is bright pink with hints of red fruit, and has a great after taste.
Appetizer – Quail with Chorizo Stuffing was served with the 2010 Torre De Barreda Pañofino. This is a Spanish red wine that is 100% Tempranillo. It tastes of red fruit and provides an excellent long finish.
Soup – Carribe Consume was served with the 2010 Abadia de San Quirce. This 100% Tempranillo Spanish red wine had an intense nose of red fruits, a fleshy palate and a spicy finish.
Entrée – Filet ala Criolla was paired with the 2009 Tiedemann Signature Series Red Wine. The wine is aromatic and smells of red cherries, is full on the palate and has a velvety long finish.
Dessert – Pumpkin Cheesecake was served with the 2010 Torre de Barreda Amigos red wine. A 100% Tempranillo Spanish wine deep in color with notes of red fruit and a lingering long finish.
I must say that Chef Javier and I were a little disappointed in our turnout. He had over 30 reservations for the dinner but only 22 of those people showed up. My complaint is that these types of events require a lot of planning and hard work, not to mention that the Chef purchased food for those extra people. I brought wine anticipating 30 plus people and there were place settings and staff ready to serve them. I am sure the extra food will not go to waste and the extra wine went back to the warehouse. We have all planned parties and events and been in this situation. So the bottom line is, if you make a reservation and for some reason can’t make it, please remember to call as soon as you can to cancel that reservation. You’ll save someone a lot of hard work and expense. The 22 people who came to the event tasted some great food and wines, and I believe had a really good evening.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Chalet Party Shoppe: Holiday tasting event on Thursday, December 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chalet Party Shoppe on County Road 17 in Elkhart. Tiedemann Wines will be pouring at this event.
Javier’s Bistro: Saturday evening, December 20, wine tasting. More information will follow on this event.
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