Mangia! Mangia!

Lucky me. Rodney Strong Vineyards reached out to me several months ago to contemplate hosting a wine dinner at my house to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Klein family owning the brand. The proposal included wine, cookbooks, food, and creating a 5 course dinner to be served simultaneously with dinners happening across the country at famous restaurants and other blogger houses.

Heck yes, I’m in! And you should be too. The dinner will go live at 8 pm et this Saturday, September 20. We’ll be tweeting and all other things social-media-ing using the hashtag #RSV25. Personally, I will be hosting dinner for 10 (mind you, at the house we just moved into less than a month ago….) and have created my own menu to go along with the wines.

The wines to be served, in order, are:

2013 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc – 1st Course

2012 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Chalk Hill Chardonnay – 2nd Course

2012 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 3rd Course

2011 Rodney Strong Symmetry (Red Meritage), Alexander Valley – Main Course

2010 Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley – Main Course

2008 Rodney Strong “A True Gentleman’s” Port – Dessert

My menu plans:

2013 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc – 1st Course

Goat cheese and watermelon spinach salad with citrus dressing

2012 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Chalk Hill Chardonnay – 2nd Course

Potato Soup with sour cream, bacon, and crusty bread

2012 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 3rd Course

Asparagus and pancetta fettuccine

2011 Rodney Strong Symmetry (Red Meritage), Alexander Valley – Main Course

2010 Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley – Main Course

Roasted rack of lamb with fresh herb breading over kale gratin

2008 Rodney Strong “A True Gentleman’s” Port – Dessert

Chocolate mousse with fresh whip cream

I’m a little nervous for the soup and pasta courses as those are new recipes for me, but I’m a decently confident cook, so hopefully it will all work out! Make sure to tune in at 8 to see what everyone else came up with for their menus and to follow the live feed from across the country!

Knock knock. I’m home.

Hello Wannabe Wino Readers-

 

Radio silence has reigned here at Wannabe Wino for the last 2 months. If you like to have spare time in your life to do things like taste wine and write a blog, I don’t recommend, in the course of 2 months, selling a house, moving twice, traveling to CA, CT, Portugal, Spain, and ME, speaking at 2 conferences, buying and closing on a new house, and moving into it. Not to mention, all my wine had to be put into wine storage while we were between houses!

We are moved into our new place, I have the wine back, and I’m kicking September off with a bang by hosting a wine dinner in less than 2 weeks to celebrate Rodney Strong’s 25th Anniversary! Here’s hoping I can pull off a 5 course dinner for 10! Watch here for stories on that, some tales from my trip to Spain and Portugal, and perhaps a very late recap of the 2014 Wine Blogger Conference. And your regular dose of wine reviews.

Thanks for hanging in there and I’ll have the blog back up and running now.

Cheers!

Sonadora

Live Red Wine Blogging #10 2011 Rios de Chile Reserva Carmenere

Oh yay! We get the nice guy from Chile again for our last wine to wrap up my 6th red wine live blogging session. His white yesterday was so tasty. Carmenere is a signature grape from Chile.

Dark and spicy and smokey and chocolatey and earthy and wild on the nose. On the palate you get the pepper note that I love about Carmenere. It’s super spicy and you need some roasted over a spit meat to go with this. The wine screams traditional Carmenere. At $12.99 this is a hell of a bargain.

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Live Red Wine Blogging #9 2011 Rodney Strong Symmetry

We lucked out and got Rodney Strong and Amy with her new Wine4.Me app. Which you should go out and get and find more wines to drink instead of spit. Like this Rodney Strong Symmetry that I love.

The Symmetry has dark fruit with black cherries on the nose. The palate is supple and the flavors linger in the mouth. Yum.

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Live Red Wine Blogging #8 2010 Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

The current owners have owned the property since 2008. The vineyard is only 1 acre and makes under 150 cases per year. They do their crush at Jessup Cellars.

Beautiful dark fruit nose on this wine. The nose is perfumey and has chocolate notes. The palate is lovely with blackberry and tight fruit. I bet this wine had plenty of age left in it. Really excellent wine.

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Live Red Wine Blogging #7 2012 Garnet Pinot Noir

The Garnet Pinot hails from Monterey County. The wine retails for $14.99.

Mocha and cherry dominate the nose for me. With a smoky note from the oak. Cherry candy and cherries on the palate with the smokey note from the nose following through.

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Live Blogging Red Wine #6 2011 Consilience Syrah

Ah, a wine from our host area! And a syrah at that. Santa Barbara Syrah that is primarily Syrah with a bit of Cab Sauv, Granache, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo and Petite Sirah tossed in.

Dark bramble fruits on the nose. A little candied berry. A little vanilla from the oak. Nice bright red fruits on the palate. Much lighter than I expected in the mouth. This would be great with the lamb we had last night.

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