Wow, what a fantastic event and such a great time! Sunday night’s Sommelier Showdown at Cowboy Ciao was an absolute blast – well attended, killer food and awesome wines. Going head to head with owner, Peter Kasperski on wine selections was a pretty daunting task, but really cool as it allowed me to expand on my normal flavor palate and pick some very interesting wines.
I’ve listed my selections below (in Italics), along with the menu for you all to take a look at:
LESTER’S FAVORITE MOVIE
fried green tomato (pickled & crispy), with mâche, grilled halloumi,
toasted sunflower seeds, fino sherry/Maui onion vinaigrette
Samsara, Rose of Pinot Noir, 2010, Ste. Rita Hills
cherry/amaretto duck pate
Peritnace, Dolcetto, 2010
BRAISED PORK CHEEKS
with corn cake and lime aïoli
La Spinetta, Ca’ Di Pian, Barbera d’Asti, 2007
ROASTED WILD BOAR SHOULDER
on yam fritter with mango coulis and tomato jam
Nove, Grenache, Judge Family Vineyard, Bennett Valley, 2004
DESSERT FOR THE THIRD TRIMESTER
chocolate sandwich on olive bread with pimento ice cream
Graham’s, Late Bottle Vintage Port, 2003
In addition, Peter let me know that he will proudly be serving our first release of Labor Wines on his wine list and have available cases of Labor for purchase, as Cowboy Ciao has a Retail License. If you’re curious to learn more feel free to contact me via email, Corey@LaborWines.com or on my cell, 702.466.0987, plus you can always reach us via Twitter – Facebook.
Everything takes Labor to accomplish. Labor Wines – A Labor of Love.