Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chimney Rock Wine Tasting Dinner

Chimney Rock wine tasting dinner

Last week I had the privilege of going to a wine tasting dinner for Chimney Rock Wines. It was at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, IL where my parents are members. The meal was 5 courses accompanied by 5 different wines. Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna was there to tell us about the history of Chimney Rock and specifically about each wine. Here are some pictures:
1st Course
first course wine dinner
The first course had tuna tartare, a miniature spicy Maryland blue crab salad with a mosaic of sushi rice. My favorite was definitely the tuna tartare when dipped in the Japanese Yuzu sauce. The wine served with this course was their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc which went perfectly with the fish. 
2nd Course
The second course was a salad. It was topped with a delicious seared scallop. The salad itself was small (perfect size for a multi-course meal!) and had orange and grapefruit slices on the side. It was called the Fire Cracker Salad, and I didn't know why until I took a bite! Those orange dots on the salad are pop rocks! They were dispersed in the lemon/mustard vinaigrette and led to a surprising sensation on the first bite. The salad was served with their 2010 Elevage Blanc which is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. It had a great citrus taste so it went great with the salad. 
3rd Course
The third course was a Colorado lamb chop set up on a curried carrot puree. It also featured mustard greens topped with a braised lamb croquette. I myself was surprised at how large the lamb chop was! It had fabulous flavor with the curried carrot. I also liked the braised lamb croquette which was basically a potato and lamb cake that had been fried, yum! It was served with their 2010 Elevage which is a red blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc.
4th Course
By the time we got the 4th course, I wasn't sure if I could keep eating, but after I tasted this stuffed Wagyu beef tenderloin I found room. It was stuffed with chimichurri and bleu cheese and was sitting on a celery root mash. Those yellow things in the front were toasted walnuts. They served this with their 2010 Cabernet. 
5th Course
flourless chcoolate cake
The last and my favorite course was a Black Forest flourless chocolate cake served with Michigan cherries, honey & goat cheese gelato and a cherry balsamic gastrique. It had a depth of flavor which was matched by their 2006 Tomahawk. Vianna brought her last case of Tomahawk 2006 to share with us and this Cabernet Sauvignon went perfect with the chocolate. I had never had Chimney Rock before, but I was quite impressed after this dinner.
chimney rock tomahawk
They only had a couple of bottles left of the 2006 Tomahawk after dinner and my dad purchased on signed by winemaker Elizabeth Vianna as a graduation present. Only 10 more days until I graduate.

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