A virtual wine dinner in the comfort of your home is a marvelous way to celebrate Summer Wine Week in Pinal Country, Arizona.
With the world in its many stages, virtual tours have sprung up to showcase museums and national parks. We love participating in wine pairings. So why not have a virtual wine dinner. No sense in leaving out the fun activity of tasting wines paired with a delicious meal.
Virtual Wine Dinner Preparation
It was a simple pick up. I drove to the restaurant who was hosting the event. There was a drive-through area with no line. As I arrived I rolled down my passenger window and the restaurant representatives collected my information and brought out a bag and a box. They placed the two items through the window and on to the passenger seat.
In the bag was the two-person three-course meal in separate very nice containers.
In the box were the three wines that would be part of the night’s education. Also in the box were documents that included the evening’s menu. One sheet had the zoom call information. Additional sheets with descriptions of each wine. And the final sheet was for ordering the wines.
Once back at the house; we removed all the containers from the bag and removed the wines from the box and placed them on the porch table. The dessert wine and carrot cake were placed in the refrigerator until we reached that portion of the meal.
We logged on to the zoom call and were greeted with many happy faces of the other participants for the dinner. The presenter was sharing a video of the Washington area from which the grapes are from.
When the official start time began we started the first course: Fig & Apple Bruschetta, paired with a full bottle of the Pundit Syrah. That is right, a full bottle. We each poured just a bit into our wine glasses to taste. It was delicious, so we poured in a little more while we ate and learned about the Pundit Syrah.
Next, as you can imagine was the second course. I will admit that when I had read a few days before that the main meal was short ribs, I was not excited. This is because I thought it was ribs that you eat with your hands and get very messy. This was not the case and now I am a huge fan of braised short ribs. The meat fell apart perfectly. This was my first time having three different types of Rosemary fingerling potatoes. The meal came with green beans too. This second meal was paired with a full bottle of the Indian Wells Red Blend. Everything tasted fantastic.
The third course concluded with carrot cake and paired with a full bottle of the Eroica Gold Riesling. I had never had a carrot cake like this before. I do not order carrot cake because I do not like it, until now. Wow, it was wonderful. The sugar (sweat) of the Riesling helped to melt the carrot cake in my mouth.
Virtual Wine Dinner – Chateau Ste Michelle
This was a well designed and planned out event. The education portion was entertaining. The conversation over zoom with the other participants was delightful. This is an event that I look forward to attending again in the future.
Thank you to Chateau Ste Michelle for providing wonderful wines.
Have you attended a virtual wine dinner or virtual wine tasting?