Anam Cara Dinner at Brasserie Kensington – May 21st 2014

Anam Cara Dinner at the Brasserie May 21 2014

Let’s celebrate Pinot Noir! Nick Nicholas owner/ winemaker/ storyteller joined us  for an intimate dinner. There were 19 eager guests ready to taste and enjoy an evening out on the town. Once everyone arrived, I realized we were all friends with Nick from previous visits.

The words Anam Cara are Celtic for “friend of my soul” and represent rare friendships that transcend time and distance. Welcome to the Brasserie kitchen party!

As always, the Brasserie was prepared and ready to go. Our dinner, prepared by Chef Jurel, was offered up family style .We started with an amuse bouche of shrimp lightly flavored with lemon  and paired perfectly with the 2012 Riesling.

Next up was the salad and a fantastic lobster bisque (not quite as good as mine) but a pretty honest attempt. It paired nicely with the Chardonnay 2011. If you don’t like Chardonnay, think again! This wine could change your mind. Their hands off approach to Chardonnay offer us an elegant expression of clean non oaked fruit.

Hosting the event, I was attempting to jump into conversations.  As the evening progressed, clearly this was not going to happen as Nick was able to secure the attention of all. So, I sat back and watched as he talked with pride about what he calls his “baby”.

Next  course  was a beautiful platter of pan whole roasted trout in brown butter almandine with vegetables and it was paired with the Rose of Pinot Noir 2011. Nick tells us he does not like Rose. You would not be aware of this due to the full elegant flavor and the reception it received. It was a perfect pairing. Anam Cara only makes Rose every second year and it easily runs out. Go to their website, it is not even listed. We secured the last case.

Grilled hangar steak with red wine jus, frites and haricot vert paired side by side with Nicholas 2010 (their flagship wine); light red fruits of raspberry and cranberry with fantastic mouthfeel, finishing with black plums and a touch of clove and Heathers 2009 vineyards Cherries are the theme with hints of savory herbs and oak. Silky and feminine in style.  Easily gobbled up and it was agreed it was a fine combination.

To finish the evening we devoured a platter of chocolates, cookies, fresh fruit,  all paired with the Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2012. From only one acre of Gewürztraminer vines, planted on the steepest slope of their vineyard, this dessert wine has opulent aromas of apricot, white flowers and bosc pears which join ripe cantaloupe, warm juicy peaches and tropical fruits on the palate.

It ended with hugs and lots of laughter. Another successful dinner.  Next year we have decided to do what Nick is known for, a crab feast… we look forward to the next visit.

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