This weekend, after dropping off our kids at the YMCA kids’ night, Kevin cooked up a fantastic four course dinner at home with friends. Kevin spent Thursday night preparing his menu for the Saturday night dinner, Sea Bass as the main course, and two appetizer courses and a dessert. Kevin carefully chose his wines to pair with each course; all of our wines on this night were Lauren Ashton Cellars. Usually winter is for mostly red wine in our house, but on this night, we went for a crisp clean white and rose’ approach.
Our first course, a blackened seared sea scallop resting on a bed of lime zest roasted cauliflower puree with a dollop of cilantro aioli, was paired with a 2013 Riesling. The Riesling is a youthful wine that denotes those pear and peach flavors that offset the spiciness of the blackened spiced scallop and brightens the zest of the cauliflower puree.
Our second course, we enjoyed a classic roasted beet and goat cheese salad with balsamic dressing. The beets were tossed with black pepper and truffle oil. Kevin paired this fresh, light salad with a 2013 Rose’. Kevin’s pairing of the Rose’ with the salad enhanced the hints of strawberry and spicy pepper of this beautiful blend of Grenache and Mourvedre. Sadly, this was our last bottle of LA 2013 Rose’. We are definitely looking forward to the 2014 release.
Kevin presented us with the main course of seared Sea Bass resting on a Yukon gold and leek potato cake, dressed with a lemon caper sauce. Kevin paired the 2012 Roussanne with the Sea Bass because it is a very elegant wine that has great full viscosity and a hint of mineral that paired really well with the lemon and capers.
Topping off the night, Kevin prepared a dessert that was a simple angel food cake sliced thin, drizzled with crème de coco and layered with sliced strawberries with house made amaretto infused vanilla ice-cream capped with a second piece of thinly sliced angel food cake with crème de cocoa with fresh whipped cream and crumbled amaretto cookie over the top.
We all enjoyed a night of great food, wine and a lot of laughs and the kids enjoyed their time having fun at the kids’ night out.