Sunday, March 23, 2014

Chicken Cacciatore

Tom and Ann invited us out to their house in Capon Bridge again on Sunday for a leisurely lunch and Carter came along too, to make sure no food remained. And in their fashion, even with Carter, there was way too much food and too much wine! Clearly Tom had been cooking for a good day before we got there!

Crimini Mushroom and Fennel Pâté

Salmon Canapés with Mustard-Chive-Dill Butter
We started with two appetizers, one a mushroom pâté and the other a smoked salmon canapé. To go with our meal, Tom had selected four wines: a California white Rhône blend, a Sagrantino di Montefalco from Perugia, and two 2012 Oregon Pinots, St. Innocent's Villages Cuvée and Ken Wright's base level Willamette Valley of which Ann and I have been drinking a lot recently.

One of the Many Wines of the Day
St. Innocent is a property that I have heard of a lot but whose wines I haven't tasted much, I think because they are located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and those wines are generally my least favorite of the valley. The Van Duzer corridor influence on this location results in wines that are softer and riper than I generally prefer. 2012 was a great year and this wine is delicious with plenty of spicy acidity to finish with. But there was no denying that the Ken Wright had it beat hands down, but that's pretty much true of a lot of wines. Ken Wright is a Pinot master.

Smoked Gouda and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Chicken Cacciatore on Parmesan Polenta
Who doesn't love some braised deliciousness on a pile of creamy polenta? I quite enjoyed this bowl of Chicken Cacciatore.

Sauternes with Bread Pudding for Dessert
And for dessert, Tom made a bread pudding with a bourbon sauce which I neglected to photograph. A touch of Sauternes never hurt!

Handsome Mr. Levi
Great Sunday afternoon. Thank you Tom and Ann! Sorry to leave you with all the dishes!

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