Last Friday I hosted a pop up event at domi station. For those of you who don't know domi station is unique multi-use space for local entrepreneurs and start-ups and promotes local business in town. And the event was sponsored by Kevin Kjellerup and the American Society for Quality. The event was open to the public and featured wines and food that I personally selected. I will be hosting more pop up events soon. The purpose of these events is to provide the Tallahassee with an opportunity to taste wines and food combinations that aren't found anywhere else in town.
The first wine was a young, vibrant Muscadet, which ended up being the most popular wine of the evening:
2014 Domaine La Haute Févrie Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie
This wine had great acidity and was very tart as well as good medium body, as is typical of Muscadet. It paired really well with (un-smoked) home made, cold Grouper dip.
The next wine was also a big hit, 2009 Martinez Bujanda La Mancha Finca Antigua Crianza. This was a Tempranillo blend (50% Tempranillo, 20% Cab Sauv and Merlot, 10% Syrah). This wine had 7 years of age on it so it started to mellow a bit, but a half hour after opening it was showing really well. This wine was from a lesser known region in Spain, La Mancha.
This Spanish blend was paired very well with the hard Spanish Chorizo, slightly sweet, Manchego cheese, salty roasted almonds and quince jelly.
The last wine featured was a Sauternes. Before the event, I expected the Sauternes to be the wine of the night--it was certainly the most expensive of the 3--but it wasn't. First off, it's clear that people just don't drink as much sweet wine as they do dry wines. But I also think that the first two wines were really solid. The Sauternes was paired with blue cheese.
Overall, the event was a success because people really enjoyed the wines and food. Stay tuned for more pop up events coming soon to Tallahassee. Don't hesitate to contact me directly if you're interested in hosting a pop up event or collaborating on an event with me. Cheers!