From Cake to Castle


Weekend=great wine.  I met once again with my great friends who last time hosted the epitome of wine tasting.  This time it was at my place so I had to work my wine rack magic to attempt to match what they offered.

Though none of us seek out whites, sometimes you just have to go off the beaten path.  To attempt to match reds, I opted for the well-known name of Cakebread and the nice varietal of Sauvignon Blanc.  A refreshing way to start the evening.

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After the white, we moved onto the more important stuff (RED!) with Chateau St. Jean.  The most important thing to remember is not to get fancy with the name.  Yes, the first one is french for castle.  But, for the last word, think of denim, don’t go french, make it simple!  The red we enjoyed first was the 2010 Pinot Noir…nice and smooth!

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I was initially going to serve another Pinot Noir but opted instead to stick with Chateau St. Jean and one of their blends.  It’s Cinq Cepages.  It brings together five of their varietals for an amazing taste.  Can’t do it justice in writing!

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And to pair with the wine, cheese it always nice.  The other day at Trader Joe’s I found a lactose intolerant’s dream — a package of 3 cheeses that we can eat — the Tapas Sampler!  Non-cow milk delights.  One of them did have a part of cow milk (with two others — so it had to be minimal), and at least for me, I didn’t have a problem.

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So, come the end of the night, had another great time of friends, wine and food.

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