Thanks to much help from this board, we had a lively and wonderful dinner last night with
friends. The pairings were, in my view, just perfect. A four hour Sunday dinner went like this:
Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Goat Cheese Toasts http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
Duval Leroy Champagne..so delicious, now that it's made the top
100 list, way more expensive than we're used to, but so very nice.
Chicken Marbella, Citrus Couscous, Beet salad http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/1...
Semillon Chardonnay, 2004- Hunter Valley Marquee Artisan Wines, Australia
Dragonstone Riesling, 2005 - Leitz
Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake with Berries http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
Riesling Auslee, 2004, Late Harvest, Ernst Loosen
The Chardonnay (I typically prefer a big bold red) with the Semillon was received with much enthusiasm. Actually, God that was good. The Riesling, not normally a taste I could tolerate, because of its sweetness, paired so very well with the fruity sweetness of the Marbella. And the choice of the late harvest Riesling, with the lemon pudding cake and chocolates, sent us rocking.
Thank you very much for your wonderful guidance. I look forward to getting back to you next month as I plan our next dinner with friends (virtual and otherwise!).