Here’s one of mine…
In one wine-tasting class, the other students and I pooled our money for a special evening of Sauternes tasting. Our instructor was French, a genius and dedicated student of gastronomy, one of the best teachers in any subject I’ve ever encountered. The evening arrived, and the instructor asked us to enjoy the four Sauternes selections. He asked us to taste the freshly baked baguette first by itself, then with some creamy blue cheese. The next taste was the bread and blue cheese again, but this time spread with apricot preserves. Amazing – I never thought it would work. Then, he asked us to taste the bread/blue cheese/apricot preserves combo with a sip of Sauternes. It was brilliant. I was stopped in my tracks. This was quite a while ago and probably the very first time I was totally overtaken and catapulted into ecstasy with a food and wine pairing. To this day, the experience continues to be one of my favorite
all-time food-n-wine pairing thrill-rides.
Have one of your own? An oddball or surprising one?