|Some of the friends, gathered for a very Bacchanalian evening|
This past Saturday, my Mum hosted an evening of wine, food, and friends. This was something she'd wanted to do for her birthday, but the end of November being a rather hectic time to get friends together on a Saturday night, she decided to push it back, and plan it for a less busy and less festive month - February. Nicely timed. For some reason, I find February to be the most difficult month of the year, despite the fact that it's short and that the days are longer as we head into spring. Fortunately, this night gave us enough new flavour combinations to make it gluttonously into March.
|a lot of laughs, and a little talking|
|I talk about Zinfandel to the group|
There were 12 of us in total gathered to taste the wine. We all sat around the dining room table, with the chairs pushed out towards the walls to give us room to move around and reach across for cheeses or snacks. Everyone brought something that they had been asked to prepare as per our paired menu, and in smaller than dinner-sized portions. This worked out wonderfully. We started the tastings just after seven p.m., and finished the last wine around ten; all the wine was drunk, all the food was eaten, and we were stuffed, but not too full and not too tipsy. So classy of us! I'm so proud.
|no cats allowed in the wine!|
Without any further ado, here is the first wine of the evening: Benjamin Bridge Nova 7, a sparkling Muscat, from the Gaspereau Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada.
We paired this with prociutto-wrapped melon - this wine is a natural foil for any charcuterie, matching the saltiness and cleansing the palate - as well as St. Benoit Bleu Benedictin blue cheese from Quebec. The Benedictin and Nova 7 were so damn good together that we could have made a meal of just these. In fact, one of the guests turned out to be an unexpectedly zealous fan of this first combination, and cried for it throughout the rest of the tasting. This unassuming little bottle won all our hearts.
Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of it left in Ontario at this time. I had to have six bottles transferred from Hawkesbury (not very near-by to Toronto) to my local LCBO (so nice of them!). As far as my researches have found, there is none of Benjamin Bridge's dry sparkling wine at the LCBO, and not much left on their property either as it's selling out! I really look forward to trying their dry wines sometime, but I'm only too happy to keep drinking the Nova 7 until then.
Wine: Nova 7 Sparkling Muscat, Benjamin Bridge
Food Pairing: charcuterie and fromage bleu
Chip Pairing: Miss Vickie's Sea Salt & Vinegar
Overall verdict: We loved it!