La Brea Bakery sent three loaves of Reserve bread to re-create their suggested pairings. We hope you love what we came up with!
La Brea Bakery Reserve Fortuna bread is the single origin heirloom wheat and grown Grown in Big Sky Country, Montana. Each loaf has it’s own personality and distinctive flavors.
This loaf has levels of texture from the Fortuna grain mix, including a crispy crust and a mixed crumb from the cracked wheat berries.
Everyone loves a well-crafted cheese board with varying textures and flavors. We added Murray’s Forteto Pecorino Toscano Cheese imported from Tuscany. This Italian sheep’s milk cheese has a smooth flavor and texture with a fresh, mild, and grassy taste. Salty, savory salami, crisp, tart apples, sweet grapes and toasted pecans balances out the board with just about every flavor and texture imaginable. Don’t forget the tangy mustard!
Sauvignon Blanc wines are refreshing, fruity and crisp which is a nice wine to pair with a cheese and salami. They are known for higher acidity with lots of lemon, lime and grapefruit notes. From Sonoma County in California, Twomey 2014 Sauvignon Blanc was my pick to enjoy with my mixed cheese board.
It is a dry, zesty and refreshing with fresh citrus notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit notes. The mouthwatering acidity is the key to the pairing but is balanced by ripe melon notes and medium body with a lingering finish.
I couldn’t think of a better choice of wines to balance out all of the flavors so well.
Strolling through the tents of Nashville’s first Music City Eats Food & Wine Festival 2013 sampling wines and spirits was outstanding! Two glorious days of perfect weather spent in the beautiful city of Nashville at Public Square Park sipping on some of my favorite wines and cocktails was just about as good as it gets!
Let me share with you some of my favorite wines and spirits that I so happily sipped and contemplated pairings with all of the fabulous foods throughout this two-day event.
Dark Horse Wines was a proud sponsor of the festival and we were happy to have their great wines in Nashville! I enjoyed learning about their wines. TheBOLD Dark Horse Cabernet is filled with aromas and flavors of dark berries including juicy blackberries with balanced tannins and a lovely finish of espresso and dark chocolate. Dark Horse Chardonnay was a big hit with medium body and aromas and clean flavors of baked apples, pears, buttery caramel and a long juicy finish.
Bold wines without the bold price~around $8 per bottle. Currently, you can find Dark Horse Wines at Trader Joe’s.
Dark Horse wines are not quite yet in Nashville’s market but I hope that they will be soon! They work hard to bring forth wines that drink like expensive wines for an affordable price! They are great for sipping and for pairing with your favorite fall recipes!
Marieke Bianchi and Bukky represent Dark Horse well! It was fun talking to them while sipping on the wine!
Nashville is lucky to one of the largest markets for Silver Oak wines. On my recent trip to Sonoma, I spent an unforgettable day at Silver Oak Winery and Twomey Cellars,from the family of Silver Oak wineries, sampling different vintages of Silver Oak Cab and Twomey’s sensational Sauvignon Blanc.
Whether it’s the refreshing Real Grapefruit Vodka, Sweet Tea Vodka with Real Honey or the smooth unflavored Vodka, you will love these small batch distilled vodkas. Check out their website for recipes. My favorite is the South Bound Greyhound!
Thank you AUSTIN for sharing! LOVE YOU! MISS YOU!
There’s a new brew in town! The Black Abbey Brewing Company is brewing up fantastic artisanal Belgian-Style beer made right here in
Nashville, Tennessee. Run don’t walk to their tasting room and sample these great hand-crafted brews. Head to the website and find out the location and hours of the Tasting Room that JUST opened at the end of September. Meet John Owen, the founder of The Black Abbey and enjoy sipping on this really well-crafted brew! I am also thrilled to find out that this fine establishment is very close to my neighborhood!
Yet another amazing neighborhood brewery Jackalope Brewing Company! You’ve got to visit this one too! My husband and I recently visited the Tap Room to sample some of their handcrafted brews and yes we loved their brews too! I love the citrusy and hoppy American Pale Ale Thunder Ann and the Bearwalker with its distinctive maple flavor from 100% Vermont Maple would be a perfect accompaniment to our Tennessee fall evenings.
It wouldn’t be Tennessee without moonshine! Ole Smoky Distillery Tennessee Moonshine is hand-crafted using local Tennessee ingredients in a variety of flavors. Sip on some Apple Pie or Blackberry Moonshine or any other flavor you like. Or, top of your dessert with Moonshine cherries! I love my Tennessee and I’m glad we can now enjoy that “forbidden” homemade corn liquor anytime! By the way, the Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine is my personal favorite straight from the jar!
Here’s my friend Nathan pouring a rocking J.P. Wiser Rye Whiskey! I am learning so much about whiskey and enjoying every drop!
Enjoy wines from family-owned winery in Argentina, Alta Vista Winery. These terroir-driven wines represent some of the best Torrontes and Malbec available. Thank you, Aliza Ray, for representing these amazing wines!
Harmony Overstreet was pouring another favorite of mine, Rodney Strong Vineyard ‘s 2010 newly released Symmetry Meritage Red Wine of Alexander Valley in Sonoma. This wine is an opulent blend of Bordeaux-style varietals with concentrated dark fruit on the palate and elegance that lingers on the palate.
I love Sonoma wines and this is just one more reason to drink more of them!
Have you ever had Jameson Irish Whiskey with Ginger Ale and fresh lime aka Jameson Ginger and Lime? That was my first but will not be my last. Jameson’s booth was at the end of the tents so I did not know it was there until later in the day and what a cool refreshing drink! I never considered drinking Irish Whiskey-until now….
What a great way to top off a fabulous day of sampling some of the best foods and spirits Nashville has to offer!