My weekends are pretty quiet. Usually, Saturday and Sunday are off-limits for writing and i spend time enjoying my wife and daughter.
There is also the weekend routine which includes food shopping, laundry and my daughter activities which are skating and dancing courses. We also do diverse family outings such as light hiking, visiting new parks or going to the movies.
The season for dinner invitations and other social outings have just started again. Last saturday, we went to Annie’s house with the occasion of visiting her 1-year-old daughter Maïka. Annie is a work colleague from my wife and I really love eating at her place because she makes great food all the time. She also has a great taste in wine. She loves Pinot Noir and especially from Burgundy.
We arrived in the middle of the afternoon and we were warmly greeted by them. After the greetings formalities were finished, we were offered aperitivos. Carl offered me a glass of Chardonnay Farnito 2015 from Carpineto. A lovely Italian interpretation of the Burgundian grape, this Chardonnay offered intriguing aromas of ripe barlett pear and white nectarines. Beyond the fruit in the bouquet, I really enjoyed its herbal and flower nuances. It reminded me of an August warm afternoon in the Tuscan countryside.
Annie offered some sparkling wine to my wife. Our host is a big fan of Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Ecusson Brut Methode Traditionnelle. I have had this wine from Luxembourg at her house before. I tried from my wife glass. A delicious sparkler made with Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Nicely balanced with a good acidity and displaying lemon and white orchard fruit on the palate.
Me and a my wife sipped slowly our aperitivos while munching on some raw vegetables. It was a fine and quite appropriate accord. We watched our children played together and I contemplated the time passing by like flipping the pages of a familiar novel.
The main dish was braised pork shoulder with dates and potatoes cooked in the slow cooker. I am not usually a big fan of pork, finding that the meat tastes slighty sweet for my palate and the aromas could be a bit bland sometimes. However, the dish of Annie was so savoury with complex flavours The hunk of pork shoulder in my palate had a irresistible gamey aroma mingled with the exoticism of middle eastern spices. It was the emblem of seduction!!
For this dish I chose the Domaine Thymiopoulos Naoussa 2014. For some time now, I have been drinking the wines of Thymiopoulos and they are quite popular among Quebec wine aficionados. A lovely expression of Xinomavro, it is a fascinating wine with aromas of ripe red fruits, pipe tobacco, vanilla bean and spices. On the mouth, subtle and velvety with polished tannins. Xinomavro could yield wild and tannic wines but in the hands of Apostolos Thymiopoulos, they turn out to be quite elegant. Recently, the domaine has switched to biodynamic agriculture and slowly is going towards natural winemaking. It was just a perfect match, the dish complementing the spicyness and red fruit of the wine and viceversa.
The dessert was simple but quite tasty. A piece of caramel-apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream. We finished off the evening playing sequence and eating chips as a snack.
Next week, we are going to Claudia and David to celebrate her birthday. It is supposed to be a potluck supper so I will keep you posted of the festivities.
Ciao for now.