Last year we skipped New Year’s Eve. We gave everyone the night off and hoped the staff would show up to work New Year’s Day brunch (they did). To close out this year, I felt the need to celebrate; we made it through some rough times, albeit not as challenging as others. Nonetheless, this was a year in which it feels great to move on to the next.
So, we are doing what I think we do best – a pairing menu. Once the menu was set, I went to work on what cool wines should accompany the food. As luck would have it, one of my favorite Burgundy houses, Domaine Taupenot – Merme from Morey-Saint-Denis, was released just as Chef Lucy put the finishing touches on the menu.
Taupenot-Merme produces two wines which very few people are aware of – and even fewer have tried. A white called Aligote, (yes, there’s more to white burgundy than Chardonnay)! It is a medium bodied, dry, crisp yet aromatic white. They also produce a rarer wine, a red blend called Passoutgrans. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. This release is full of tart berries and juicy red fruit fruits, and finishes crisp and clean. Once I saw them I knew we had to have them.
To pair with the lamb I chose a single vineyard cabernet from the Horse Heaven AVA in Washington called Powers, the Champeaux vineyard.
We are kicking off the evening with a champagne cocktail (love doing that!) and finishing with Graham Beck Brut Rose, nv, from Stellenbosch.
We’ll be dining on the porch Friday evening, and space is limited.