Sunday, May 14, 2006

EVENT: IMBB#26/Wine Blogging Wednesday#21 - May 19

Len of LennDevours is hosting two events in one, Wine Blogging Wednesday #21 and IMBB #26. This Fabulous Favorites Festival will combine two blogging groups - wine connosieurs and foodies - and to pair a dish with a wine.

As described on LennDevours:
What is the Fabulous Favorites Festival exactly? It's a food and wine pairing event that, we hope, will attract the largest group of participants ever for any culinary blog
event. For this one day at least, food bloggers will be "forced" to dive into the wine pool, while wine bloggers will have to uncork their cooking skills. The concept is simple, with two plans of attack you can choose from.
1- Pick a favorite bottle of wine from your cellar and create/cook a dish
that goes with it.
2- Pick a favorite dish in your culinary repertoire and seek
out a wine that will pair will it.

So, I am going to opt for choice #2. I have cooked one of my new favorite recipes - Lamb Kebabs with the Three C's with Couscous with Pine Nuts and Dried Apricots.

Lamb Kabobs 2

I have chosen a deliciouis Syrah from Napa Valley, ESCA, 2003. A dear friend gave me this bottle recently and we loved it so that she helped us track down some more. It was sort of hard to find at first but luckily our local Bristol Farms had it!

When I found out about this event, I wanted to find out more about this wine so I looked a little bit on the internet for this wine. From the Esca website, I found this:

The 2003 Esca Syrah was made from 100% Napa Valley grapes grown on the western hillsides of St. Helena in the Spring Mountain AVA. The wine was aged for 21 months in 100% French oak barrels and was bottled in August 2005. The Syrah is intense and focused. It offers aromas of black cherry, candied currant, chocolate and espresso. The well-integrated oak shows layers of vanilla and cedar. The elegant wine has fine tannins and a lengthy finish. 450 Cases Produced -Anna Monticelli, Winemaker


Well, it was a great pairing! Of course, any evening that we can set aside to enjoy a yummy meal and a nice bottle of wine instead of a hurried meal that we hope the twins will not throw on the floor, is always a major treat. So, I appreciate this event because it helped me prioritize my week a little differently. Yes, the twins still came first but dusting and other such things came way after working on this meal and taking photos and such. It was fun!

Enjoy!


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