Here are the teams:
Team 1-Michelle Getty, Kelly Ainsworth, Tracy Cottle, Bryan and Tony . Their pairing was a Malbec and a Crostini with bacon jam, brie and roasted tomato.
Team 2-Coreen, Chris Pawlowski, Heather Hatter, and Todd Johnson . Their pairing was a pan seared mahi with a grapefruit vinaigrette and micro greens with a grapefruit mimosa.
Team Three-Mariana and Aladia Nascimento, Adriel Wright and Barry. Their pairing was an apple crisp with carmel popcorn and Riesling.
Team 4-Jim and Kelly Brogan :) & Xtina & Wally Lurz :) They paired a 3 cheese mac and cheese with a Spanish Rioja Crianza.
Team 5 - Mame Burkett, LeBeau Kpadenou, Ashley Walker, Pam Schuster. These guys paired a spice cupcake with sparkling rose and smoked bleu cheese with Riesling.
Team 6 - Deb Knepp, Alicia, Steve Hussey and Keil Brand. Olive picnic pizza was paired with Reisling.
All of the food was a delicious but the winners were:
In third place was the cheesy group of Team 4-Jim and Kelly Brogan :) & Xtina & Wally Lurz.
Second place went to the spice gang of Mame Burkett, LeBeau Kpadenou, Ashley Walker, Pam Schuster.
In first place with a blinging and “look at me” table was Team 1-Michelle Getty, Kelly Ainsworth, Tracy Cottle.
Congratulations to all the winners!
In addition to the food pairing contest there was also a Yankee Christmas swap. Since your intrepid blogger was sick with a head cold I didn’t stay for this part of the evening. Can someone tell me who picked the redneck wine glasses?
Finally, what a year this has been. Engagements, Elections and Excitement abounded. We met locally and across the country in search of more knowledge and adventure in wine pairings. Some of us struggled sometimes and some of us announced wonderful successes and triumphs. We did it! We filled up another year of living and loving and drinking wine the whole dang time. I wouldn’t have missed a minute with all of you.
So lift your glasses my friends with the fruit of the vine and the juice of life. As Mr. Grgitch said, “Men need only two things. They both start with “W”…women and wine. Women need three things.
See you next year!