Back in April, Fabbioli Cellars introduced their upgraded wine tasting, featuring seven wines with seven different food tastes - enhancing their wine tasting experience to a new level. Each pairing is unique each month, and foods are carefully chosen by the staff and specifically made to pair with their wines from a local chef. Many of the pairings feature local foods and products from local vendors in the area. Check out their Facebook page at the beginning of the month for their featured line up and food pairing.
Their June pairings included several wines ranging from fruit wines like their Una Pera and their Raspberry Merlot, to more fully bodied wines such as their 2011 Tre Sorélle and 2011 Cabernet Franc. The first wine we tasted was the 2012 Rosa Luna, a dry provencial-style rosé, which was paired with a salted cucumber bringing out the flavor of the wine nicely. Next, we had their wonderful Una Pera fruit wine paired with a creamy goat cheese on crostini topped with prosciutto and a honey drizzle. This was probably one of our favorite pairings. The honey drizzle did a really nice job at bringing out the brown sugar flavor of the wine, while the prosciutto and goat cheese balanced out the sweetness on the palate. Both the wine and the food coexisted peacefully, accentuating the flavors in one another, and both tasting better as a result. Their 2011 Chambourcin, made from a mixture of French and American grapes, was paired with Sopressata, which softened the higher acidity of this wine and worked very well to balance it out. This fruit forward wine with cranberry flavors always pairs very nicely with a creamy cheese or fatty meat. Following, was their medium bodied wine, the 2011 Cabernet Franc, with flavors of licorice, black pepper, cinnamon and red fruits. This wine, which has prominent dusty tannins with flavors of red fruits, paired very well with a wood smoked cheddar, bringing out that smoky flavor in the wine. Next was their 2011 Tres Sorélle, a Bordeaux-style estate grown blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak, this full bodied wine has an abundance of red and dark berry fruits. The savory pairing was a Risotto Arancini from local Chef Janice of Roving Italian that beautifully enhanced the fruit in this wine and helped soften the tannins.
To finish, we tasted their Raspberry Merlot, which is another of our favorite wines, with a dark chocolate truffle from MC2 Confections. A pairing made in heaven! The dark chocolate suppresses some of the sweetness of the wine, while bringing forth the fruit flavors. This delicious wine is comprised of 1/3 red raspberry fruit wine and 2/3 merlot, and has 5% residual sugar. Their Raspberry Merlot has won many awards, including the People’s Choice Award – Best in Show at the 2011 and the Gold Medal at the 2010 National Women’s Wine Competition. Following that heavenly combo, was their Royalty port-style wine paired with MC2 Confections Chipotle Caramel truffle. This 17% alcohol wine has nice blackberry, vanilla, black pepper and cinnamon flavors and is sweet on the palate (4.5% residual sugar). The salted caramel truffle paired perfectly with this sweeter wine as it counteracted some of the sweetness while accentuating the little spices on the palate. If you're lucky, you might also have the pleasure to taste their aperitif pear wine with MC2 Confections Pear Port Truffle, a true delight!