Earth Hour is a concept that was unbeknownst to me until about a year ago. It’s still a concept, event, and now tradition that’s novel enough that I like to think I’m not too far behind the times.
For a couple of years now dear friends of mine have put together a dinner in honor of celebrating this growing occasion.
Now I’ve been to many a stellar meal at this house and have written about many of those affairs. The food has always been incredible. And the heart, soul, and dedication into these meals is always appreciated and never forgotten. The least I and fellow guests can do is bring a side plate, a dessert, and a wine to share. Can you guess which of those I’ve brought?
The wines I’ve brought have led to mixed results. And in a way I’m happy about that. Not every wine is going to please the entire crowd. Ones I’ve loved have been met with surprise and confusion by others. Some I didn’t care for were met with jubilation by my peers. Isn’t that how it works sometimes? And then there’s the wines that are met with mutual agreement on the quality, taste, structure, and all that other stuff.
I was told to bring an Italian and French wine for the food themes. The drier the better. For the Italian this is where I may have goofed. But per the menu and the price I was getting this first bottle ($10), I thought it was worth the risk.
The Italian wine didn’t do anything for me. I was with a larger crowd than usual and there were a plethora of wines to be had, so I’m not exactly sure who got to try the 2015 Sangiovese from Tavernello.
Like the Sangiovese, many of their wines are meant to be drank everyday. So I thought this was a safe best. Many Sangiovese’s and Pinot Noir’s for that matter, are made safely in a way that they usually can’t disappoint. With food or with friends they’re easy to drink and can be at for any time of year and any temperature. At least that’s what I believe.
I’m glad I opened this one up first. It was going to be for the first part of the meal, but after a few sips I realized this is not going to work. I might as well let it air out and see if the flavors and scents have opened themselves up. Other attendees were drinking it so at least I wasn’t alone in trying this one. I couldn’t gauge other peoples reactions.
It’s one of those instances where everyone is engaged in conversation that they forget about what they’re drinking and probably don’t care. I wish I could say the same. And at other times I would.
For me, it was too easy to drink. And not in a good way. I wanted to savor it. I got some cherries and blackberries because they’re the easier fruits to detect, but it didn’t work for me.
The soup and salad were fantastic. They’re better served with a better wine, or another beverage.
I want to focus on the positive and the concept of Earth Hour is absolutely beautiful. In honor of that there weren’t as many pictures taken for this two-parter. Yes part two is next week. We had an hour to eat before the lights and cell phones were turned off so not all the food was photographed and I love that. I adore the concept of saving energy and the idea that not everything was documented. Those are the memories for us to share with and reminisce without being made public. Not everything was intended for sharing.
What I will share is a teaser (pictured above) for next week. The incredible food just kept on coming, The French wine is one that I’ve had before and it tasted as good, if not better than ever. I look forward to round two next week, as we also approach Earth Day.
I’ve had their wines before and will be having them again. It’s a label that’s easy to find.
And speaking of wine’s I’ve had before and again, I look forward to doing my best to honoring this amazing part with a second post.