Today’s Dine Out experience is at home, Chez Karl’s place. On today’s menu is:
- Cow and Goat’s Milk Melange cheese
- Spaghetti sauce with green and yellow bell peppers
- Clementine oranges
The appetizer, the Melange cheese, comes from Trader Joe’s in Washington state. If you have never heard of Trader Joe’s, it is an organic grocery store chain. The one I went to was in Bellingham, WA. This is a hard cheese, white, with no rind. It has a bit of the sharpness that you can get from goat’s milk, but is still very mild. Low amount of salt.
To pair with this cheese and the main course, I opened a bottle of Portia Prima, Ribera del Duero, DOC, 2007, Spain. I picked up this bottle at the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival last year. It is made from the Tempranillo grape. Opening it and pouring it it in my glass with great anticipation. It was opaque garnet. Dark cherry, plum, leather, vanilla and some leafy aromas. Full body with soft mouthfeel and low tannins. Tobacco, cherries, plum, cassis and some vanilla, oak and leafiness. There was some chocolate in the mid palate. Long length with a peppery finish. A very nice wine that has a good balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. The Melange cheese just melted together with this wine. It was an excellent appetizer pair.
The spaghetti sauce was served on top of Trader Joe’s mixed cheese multi-coloured tortellini. The spaghetti sauce was full flavoured, but not spicy. Made with ground beef, tomatoes, green and yellow bell peppers, long thin strips of onion, garlic and chopped celery and seasoned with marjoram and a bit of the Portia Prima wine. Marjoram is related to oregano, but has a bit of a sweetness to it. The richness of the spaghetti sauce tasted nice with the richness of the Portia Prima.
After a heavy main course, it is nice to finish it off with some fruit. The clementines are from California. About the size of a golf ball but very sweet and without any seeds. I’m satiated. I hope you have a great dinner today too, whether it is at a Dine Out Vancouver restaurant or at home. Cheers.