Entertaining with Wine

Anyone who loves to entertaining is always looking for new resources.  Last week at my ongoing project, Balsam Mountain Preserve, I attended a very inspiring wine tasting dinner. 

As Balsam Mountain Preserve is constantly focusing on the environment and “green building”,  Trinchero Family Estates was a perfect wine to match with their preservation style.  Trinchero Family Estates has long been cultivating conservation and indicates that “going green is much more than just a catchphrase-it is a way of life”! 

Rebecca Fine, Trinchero’s Marketing Director and Timothy Hinckley, NC District Manager spoke on the history of the family and estate and the nature of  their luxury class, single vineyard offerings, that are painstakingly crafted in very limited quantities .   Along with Balsam Mountain Preserve’s chef Jay, they designed a delicious dinner paired with exceptional wines.


The menu was very inspiring and perfect for fall entertaining . 

Trinchero Wine Dinner

*1st Course *

Blueberry Smoked Duck with Arugula and Warm Duck Vinaigrette

Trinchero Main Street Petit Verdot

*2nd Course*

Truffled Wild Mushroom Soup

Trinchero Main Street Cabernet Franc

*3rd Course*

Mocha-Crusted Diver Scallop with Long Beans

Trinchero Chicken Ranch Merlot

*4th Course*

Braised Short-Ribs with Purple Potatoes and Roasted Pumpkin

Trinchero Chicken Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

*5th Course*

Dessert-Chocolate Truffle Torte


My other favorite course was the 4th course of Braised Short-ribs with Purple Potatoes and Roasted Pumpkin.  As in interior design, color and texture are so import in food presentation and  the very simple presentation of this course was successful in every way.


For a fun fall entertaining event, try a version of this wine tasting dinner, suited to your personal entertaining style and wine and food  preferences.  My favorite wine of the evening was the Trinchero Main Street Cabernet Franc.  Anyone who would be interested in the recipe for the duck,  I will share as chef Jay has promised to send me this wonderful combination of flavors and textures!   Chef Jay informed me that the Chocolate Truffle Torte was one of his favorites from the Cake Bible.   I would certainly apply my motto to this delicious ending…”life is short, eat dessert first”! 

Watch for next week’s blog which will be the final post in the blue and white series and will feature my extensive collection of flow blue with a focus on fall entertaining.  For those of you who have not entered our book giveaway for Carolyne Roehm’s  A Passion for Blue and White  better get busy and enter.  We will do the book giveaway on November  15th

This posting will hopefully inspire all of you blue and white lovers on creative ways to use your collection for a lovely Thanksgiving meal!

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