Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ingsIt is cold and wet on Cape Cod, but neither rain nor sleet will keep me away from my appointed task of finding the next great wine to serve the guests who stay at our bed and breakfast. We are still in Sandwich, having maintenance work to do and several improvement projects to finish, we have not yet left for our annual trip to Florida in our motor home. Since the Belfry Bistro has also been closed part of the time, I have not had my usual fix of weekly wine tasting. Thankfully, on Wednesday, February 27th was the first of the season, which we normally miss because we are enjoying the southern sunshine. But we are here and the sun is not, so I am thankful for the tasting to bring a little liquid sunshine into my life.
The blazing fire in the main dining room at the Belfry warmed the room and the guest, cutting through the bone chilling dampness. It was my first tasting since the last event in mid-December, and the first gathering of many of the oenophile ‘regulars’. Like a homecoming, we caught up on the holidays and shared stories about the now famous BLIZZARD OF 2013 a few weeks back that left many of us buried in snow and without power for way too long. The conviviality of the evening was enhanced by the wines offered. Adam from Horizon Beverage Company shared four interesting California wines, three from Dreaming Tree Wine, and one from Simi Winery.
We started with the Dreaming Tree 2010 Central Coast Chardonnay. This lightly oaked wine paired nicely with a Shrimp, Mango, and Avocado salad. The Belfry Bistro’s Executive Chef, Ben Porter, was on his game as he matched the food pairings with the wines.
The last Dreaming Tree wine was the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast paired with a wonderful Organic Mushroom Risotto, Caramelized Onion and Pancetta. This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Merlot and some Cabernet Franc. With low tannins, this wine is very approachable immediately. Like Steve said, he makes wine to drink now, not needing to be cellared for years.
All-in-all a very good night for wine-ing. I saw old friends, shared some new wines, and had a great time. Come stay at our Sandwich Inn and we’ll put some Dave Matthews Band CDs on and drink some Dreaming Tree wine.
Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod Massachusetts