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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Whiskey and Chocolate Pairing June 2016

Extending the Beer and Chocolate pairings, Larder & Cupboard next offered a Whiskey pairing with Chocolate and I just knew I had to take Patience!

We started with a lighter whiskey, Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey paired with Chai Tea Truffles. I can't get enough of those truffles!

Chai Tea Truffle with Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey

Next we tried three whiskeys from Chicago, a Koval Rye Whiskey, Koval Four Grain Whiskey, and a Koval Bourbon. The Rye was paired with a Peanut Butter Bon Bon (amazing!)...

Peanut Butter Bon Bon with Koval Four Grain Whiskey
 ...while the Extra Dark Bark was paired with the Four Grain. I preferred the Rye as it seemed a lot smoother than the bolder Four Grain.

Extra Dark Bark with Koval Four Grain Whiskey
Another favorite from a previous class, Cherry Pates de Fruits in Chocolate (pronounced Pot de Fwee), which was paired with the bourbon.

Cherry Pates de Fruits in Chocolate with Koval Bourbon
Kakao's most popular chocolate, the Sea Salt Caramel, was paired with the Pinckney Bend Rested Whiskey. This whiskey won double gold and the rested refers to the time spent in a barrel aging.

Sea Salt Caramel with Pinckney Bend Rested Whiskey
Last was the creamy goodness of the American Spoon Fudge Sauce with a (not really local) Glenfiddich 12-Year Scotch. Lots of floral notes on the nose.

American Spoon Fudge Sauce with Glenfiddich 12-Year Scotch
I'm sure you can tell that I'm biased towards the chocolate and I can't wait for more of these (chocolate) classes!

Resources:

Larder & Cupboard = http://www.larderandcupboard.com/

Kakao Chocolate = http://www.kakaochocolate.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beer and Chocolate Pairing June 2016

You knew I would attend more Beer and Chocolate Pairing classes at Larder & Cupboard didn't you?!

Now that Patience is home, I also wanted to give her a chance to attend in person as well since she is a bigger beer lover than I am.

I was thrilled to get to taste more of the Lavender Truffle since that was one of my favorites from last time! Patience loved the Old Bakery Porter as she prefers the heavier beer styles.

Lavender Truffle and Kickstart Granola with Old Bakery Porter
Or was the Marshmallow Pie my favorite? It's still so amazing. Paired with the very smooth Charleville Karate Kick. I stole this photo from Cindy since I ate mine so fast!

Marshmallow Pie with Charleville Karate Kick
The Mango Habenero Truffle was new to me left a slight tingle on my lips, although other people said they barely could taste any heat. Good thing it was paired with the 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA to cool things off just in case. Also featured is the melt-in-your-mouth Seed Geeks Chocolate Creamed Honey.

Seed Geeks Chocolate Creamed Honey and Mango Habanero Truffle with 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA
The Dipped Strawberry Rhubarb was super delicious with a fruity, gummy treat in the middle of the chocolate! The sweeter dessert needed something sweet to go with it - Boulevard Hibiscus Gose. This sour beer was just tart enough that I could probably couldn't do much more than a tasting of it.

Dipped Strawberry Rhubarb
As for Kakao's best seller, the Pecan Caramel paired well with the Piney River Black Walnut Wheat.

Pecan Caramel
Then we got to have a bonus round! Here is a homemade marshmallow and a new beer that Larder & Cupboard just got in, Hobby Farm from Piney River.

Homemade Marshmallow
Hobby Farm Beer
Can't wait for more chocolate and beer pairings!

Resources:

Larder & Cupboard = http://www.larderandcupboard.com/

Kakao Chocolate = http://www.kakaochocolate.com/

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Taste of St. Louis Wine Class

I attended my first Ward on Wine class at The Wine Barrel. I'm a fan of Mike Ward's through the Mid American School of Wine so it was nice to find a new place to take some of his wine classes. 

This one grabbed my attention since this was a pairing class with "St. Louis foods". 

Wine List
We started off with pretzels and cheese sauce paired with a Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose from Napa Valley. I could drink rose bubbles all day! The high acid in the sparkling wine cut through the cheddar cheese dipping sauce quite well.

We jumped to the red wines right away as  Mike Ward poured his own wine next, Syncopation from Augusta, MO. This was paired with an Imo's pizza with hamburger on top. 

An even bigger red was next, a Chianti from Tuscany, and was paired with Toasted Ravs and a marinara sauce. The red sauce also went well with the next two wines, a Super Tuscan Frescobaldi Remole, which was a bit smoother of the two Tuscan wines, and Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee Red Blend from California.

Then for dessert, the one white wine, a Cardonnay Close Pegase from Napa Valley was paired with Gooey Butter Cake. The buttery oakey flavor definitely was a perfect pairing here.

Last, a ruby port, Sandeman Founders Reserve from Portugal was paired with small scoops of Ted Drewes chocolate ice cream (YES!!!)

I think there should have been one more round with Bissinger's dark chocolate!

More classes coming up this month, July, and August! Check out Ward on Wine's events page for more classes!

Resource:


The Wine Barrel = http://thewinebarrelstl.com/

Mid American School of Wine = http://stlsow.com/

Thursday, June 2, 2016

PW Pizza Cathedral Square Beer Dinner

Now that more people have found out these wonderful pizza and beer pairings with craft breweries, it is much harder to get a reservation. So I was happy to get to try the beers from Cathedral Square where all the beers are religious themed.

We started off light, as usual, with a White Ale paired with a Mixed Greens Salad. So easy to drink!

Mixed Greens Salad
The first pizza had huge chunks of sausage on my favorite, Honey Wheat Crust. This was paired with the Abbey Ale, a little more body and ABV than the previous beer.

Fennel Sausage & Rosemary Pizza
The second pizza had a little spice to it with Blackend Shrimp and Andouille as toppings. Of course it was paired with the Gabriel IPA to cut through that spice.

Blackened Shrimp & Andouille Pizza
For dessert, the big Holy Moly Russian Imperial Stout (10% ABV!) was paired with an intense Fig & Goat Cheese Tartlet with a Cherry Balsamic Reduction on top.

Fig & Goat Cheese Tartlet

Menu
Resources:

PW Pizza = http://pwpizza.com/

Cathedral Square Brewery = http://www.cathedralsquarebrewery.com/

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

St. James Winery

Thanks to my wine friend, Megan, aka The Marketing Lush, landing a job at St. James Winery, I had a new destination to seek out this summer.

Only 90 minutes away down highway 44, the tasting room was easy to find.

St. James Winery
St. James is MUCH larger than I thought! Check out how huge these tanks are!

Tanks
Plus a giant warehouse to store all their cases of wine! This is only one section!

Cases of Wine
I made a new friend in Megan's office...

Huge bottle!
After the tour, we finally hit the tasting room. Each person gets to try six wines and since there were three of us...let's just say, we tasted A LOT of wine!

Tasting List
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the sweet wines make up only about a third of all the wines that St. James has to offer. We started with the dry white and red wines and I found quite a few winners. My favorite was the 2014 Chardonel. Tony, who drinks nothing BUT dry red wines, loved the 2015 Chambourcin, and I brought home the 2014 Estate Norton for Patience. Something for everyone!

After the tasting, we were ready for some lunch, but St. James doesn't have a picnic area in the winery. Instead, they have teamed up with Public House Brewing and built a location right next door with a garden. I was disappointed that I couldn't bring in my own snacks, but their own menu is quite extensive.

Reuben Sandwich

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza
And since we were at a brewery, we had to try a flight!

Public House Brewing beers
From left to right is Rod's Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Elusive IPA, another new IPA, Revelation Stout, and last, a new cider.

After all the food and drink, we need to run around to digest. In the grass, there is an area for bocce ball, cornhole/bags, and GIANT CHESS.

Giant Chessboard - Tony won as usual
In case you want to see a close up of Megan's cool shirt from WineFolly.com:

Wine Tshirt from WineFolly.com
Definitely a fun afternoon with beautiful weather as well. You must visit!

Resources:

St. James Winery = http://www.stjameswinery.com/

Public House Brewing = http://www.publichousebrewery.com/