Another element to this blog, is something that is a really big part of our life: Wine Dinners. Justin has two to three wine dinners a month. These wine dinners help promote wines in the Opici Wine Portofolio and gain public exposure. He works with various restuarants picking wines to complement the dishes prepared. Justin is truly passionate about wine and gives a wide range of wine knowledge to the guests of these dinners.
Ratings: 89 points Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy”; 87 points Wine Spectator “Best Value”
Food Pairing: Char Grilled Madras Chicken Skewers paired with an Edamame Hummus
White Knight Viognier
Bouquet and Palate: This pale straw colored wine bears a slight glint of steely blue. Intense aromas of jasmine and clove unfold with hints of apricot and peach. The palate has a luscious, nectar like texture, abundant with apricot grit and sweet white peach flavors, and a finish of star anise, vanilla and juicy Bartlett pear.
Winemaking: This viognier was aged and lees for about 3 months, it saw a bit of neutral oak but, most of the wine was fermented in stainless steel, with about 50% going through malolatic fermentation. 8,500 cases produced.
Ratings: The 2007 received 89 points from the Wine Enthusiast, and was a best buy.
Food Pairing: Singapore Street Noodles with Marinated Rock Shrimp, topped with Wasabi Pea & Roasted Almond Gremolata, Infused with Kaffir Lime Leaves
Squids Fist “Sangiovese / Shiraz” Blend
Bouquet and Palate: Don't let the funky label and screwcap “stelvin enclosure” fool you: this is a serious wine, with a deep, almost inky red color. The nose is floral and the dark fruit is quite pronounced. Great flavors of currant/cassis, dark cherry, and tart apple. The tannins are firm yet well balanced with a nice amount of acid to round out the wine.
Winemaking: Neutral older French oak, with skin contact up to 23 days, only 750 cases produced
Food Pairing: Trio of Dim Sum: Vegetable, Scallop Mousse and Korean Short Rib
Mulderbosch Faith Hound “Bordeaux Blend”
Bouquet and Palate: This supple Bordeaux blend was created by the legendary Mike Dobrovic as a tribute to Boes, the loyal dog who kept watch over Mulderbosch farm for nearly three years after his owner’s death, waiting beneath an oak tree for the return of his beloved master. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, coffee, and spice lead to intense flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, and licorice enhanced by signature Bordeaux notes of tobacco, forest floor and graphite.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked and crushed into stainless steel fermenters, and the must was cold soaked overnight. Fermentation began naturally, and the must was then inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented until dry. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank and
was then blended and racked to barrels for maturation. It was lightly fined and filtered before bottling. The wine was aged 18 months in French Oak 42% new and 58% 2nd fill.
Ratings: The Mulderbosch 2005 Faithful Hound received 90 points from the Wine Spectator, the 2006 has yet to be rated.
Food Pairing: Greek Souvlaki with Tahini Lemon Falafal
Meletti Cioccolato “Liqour”
The Meletti family, through skillful blending, has created a delicious cocoa based liqueur. Meletti Cioccolato
was created by Silvio Meletti as a winter drink. Meletti Cioccolato is a richly flavored and smoothly textured liqueur that can best be described as “Cocoa for Adults”.
Food Pairing: Homemade "Moon Pie" with a Meletti Chocolate Egg Cream
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