Welp, it's been like 3 weeks since my last post...and it's a Thursday! AND IT IS 2018! Crazy. How was your New Year's celebration? We had a smaller dinner party with some close friends....so it was much more low key than in years past. More low key = less dishes! So, that was nice. I overcooked the beef tenderloin, though. I was pretty bummed about that. I used the "cook on 500 for 5 minutes per lb and then keep the door shut leave in the oven for an hour". This method has not failed me in the past, so I was shocked. Maybe because it was a skinnier roast? I don't know. There is nothing worse (in cooking!), however, than cutting into an expensive cut of meat and seeing that it is not pink in the middle. The rest of the dinner was great. I've figured out the best way to make mashed potatoes. You've got to try it! Start with Yukon Gold potatoes in cold water with a lot of salt (with skins ON), bring the water to a boil, boil potatoes until they are fork tender, break out your handy dandy ricer and rice all the potatoes through the finest or 2nd finest attachment, warm milk and butter on the stove, and add to the riced potatoes while using a metal whisk until you get the perfect creamy consistency. I added roasted garlic, salt, chives, and a little black pepper. They would probably be excellent with some cheese in there as well.
Anyway, enough about delicious potatoes, let's talk about wine! We have sold out of our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and have moved into our 2016 vintage! It is a slightly different blend of grapes; 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Viognier, and 3% Pinot Gris. That being said, if you were a fan of the 2015, you are going to love the 2016! We are suggesting (if you don't want to just drink it by itself to remind you of warm weather and sunshine!) that you pair this wine with cheeses, delicate white fish, oysters, shellfish, or a yummy salad. We've labeled this wine a "porch pounder" or a "patio pounder", because it is very easy to drink. There is nice acidity (making it a good pairing wine for the foods listed above), but it is a well balanced wine that will not leave you feeling like it needed to be paired with something for it to be enjoyable. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I'm headed to Georgia for the weekend with my mom and SIL! Can't wait for some spa treatments and some shopping! I hope that you have a great Friday and long weekend if you are lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Day off! Until next time..