Between Savor Dallas' heavily attended Arts District Wine Stroll on Friday and the Grand Tasting the following evening, discerning American Institute of Wine and Food members enjoyed Savor's civilized wine and cheese pairing event at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Well, somewhat civilized - things got rowdy in the Sheppard King suite about halfway through the eight wines. Of course, that's part of the fun!
The delightful Paula Lambert brought along a lovely selection of her excellent Mozzarella Company cheeses, and The Mansion's wonderful sommelier, Michael Flynn, offered inspired and clever wine pairings for each.
Michael Flynn is passionate about education, as devotees of his unpretentious and casual weekly Thursday Wine Chats, can attest. One lesson, that is always fun to explore, reveals that most cheeses actually pair much better with white wines - the results often sublime. The first four cheeses were paired with whites:
#1 Crescenza ~ “Singing” Gruner Veltliner, Laurenz V, Austria 2009
#2 Hoja Santa Goat ~ Terroir Coquerel, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa 2007 (Paula's Hoja Sante wrapped Goat Cheese is a real treat.)
#3 Herbed Goat Log ~ Riesling Muhlheimer Sonnenlay, Dr. Richter, Mosel 2007
#4 Smoked Scamorza Cow ~ Folie à Deux Chardonnay, Napa 2009
#5 Montasio Festivo ~ Barbera Tre Vigne, Vietti, Piedmont, Italy 2007
#6 Black Pepper Caciotta ~ Alto Las Homigas Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina 2008
#7 Blanca Bianca ~ Moscatel Seleccion Especial, Jorge Ordoñez, Málaga, Spain 2007
#8 Deep Ellum Blue ~ Ferreira 20-year-old Tawny Port.
- some really amazing results.
Go visit Paula at her shop in Deep Ellum, and be sure to check out the fun at Michael Flynn's Wine Chat at The Mansion, every Thursday at 6:15 sharp - it's only 25 bucks, Michael won't divulge the theme or selections before the event, and it''s the best deal in town!