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Birthday wine tasting help and dinner pairings

jocollito | Apr 5, 2008 05:56 PM

Hi,
I love wine and cooking but don't know too much about pairings. For my birthday I'm having a tasting with a group of friends followed by dinner. Would love suggestions on pairings for dinner menu below - should I serve the same wines from the tasting at dinner?
Also, should I serve hor'deurves with the tasting in addition to dinner?

I bought the following based on recs from sherry-lehman in NYC. I'm really into Pinots and Rieslings so I got 3 of each but I'm a little worried about the Coopers Creek as read some poor reviews. Any thoughts on the list? should I switch any out or add any others? I would love to add an Oregon Pinot - any recs under $30???

Pinot Noir
Maison Champy, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Signature, 2005
Coppo barbera d’asti camp du rouss, 2004
Coopers Creek, Pinot Noir, 2006

Rieslings
DOMAINES SCHLUMBERGER Riesling Alsace Les Princes Abbés 2005
2006 Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett
Lucien Albrecht Pinot Blanc D'Alsace "Cuvee" 2006

For dinner I have the following menu but need a couple of blanks filled in:
*Would love to do something with fennel for an Amuse Bouche - any suggestions?
*Caramelized tomato and mushroom tarts
*sauteed calamari with tomatoes and grilled garlic bread
*Wild mushroom risotto
*Roast filet with sea salt and thyme and asparagus (steamed or roasted?)
*Arugula salad with parmesan and simple lemon olive oil dressing
*Dessert???

Thanks!!

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