Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sept 19, 2013 - Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings - hosted by Ms Kim and Mr.Alan

Sept 19, 2013 - Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings - hosted by Ms. Kim and Mr. Alan

Theme:  Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings
Our hosts are from That Computer Chick, Wines and food pairings selected by Scott B. of Baked in East Cobb.  Hilarious stories and entertainment from Miss Kim.  Ask her about the time she fixed someone's iPad with ketchup.

TWITs Tasting Notes:
1) 2011 Picket Fence Chardonnay $12.95 @ Baked
Russian River Valley, 13.5% alcohol
Food Pairing: Shrimp and Grits - with Andouille sausage and pan gravy
the oaky-ness of the chardonnay balances out the flavor of the shrimp and grits.
TWITs said:  buttery, balanced oak, not too oaky.  light, not too heavy.  just right.  perfect for "grimps and shits"

2) 2010 The Dreaming Tree Crush (red blend, Central Coast CA) $12.95 @ Baked
Geyserville, CA 13.5% alcohol, Red blend by Steve Reeder, Dave Matthews
78% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 6% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing: Lemon & Garlic baked chicken with smoky green beans
TWITs said:  I had not heard very good things about Dreaming Tree wines, but now that I have tried this, I am impressed and I like it!  spice, cinnamon, smoky berry, like a pinotage!

3) 2008 Gnaughty Vines Zinfandel - Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma-  $13.95 @ Baked
Manteca, CA (near Hillsburg, which is also near Kokomo Wines (which we love)) 15% alcohol
Food Pairing: Roasted Beef Brisket with Polenta
TWITs said:  Peppery nose, spice, dark deep fruits, cassis-bomb

4) Castello Del Poggio Moscato D’Asti – Italy – $10.95 @ Baked
Provincia de Pavia, IGT, 7% alcohol
Food Pairing: Salty Spicy Pork with portabella mushrooms and asparagus
TWITs said:  wine is sweet, light, cool, refreshing, sugary legs

5) 2012 Cigar Box Reserve Malbec – $10~12
Mendoza, Argentina 14.1% alcohol
Food Pairing: Kim own recipe of shredded chicken and tomato bowtie pasta
TWITs guessed several of the recipe ingredients, Kim says it has tomato, porcini mushrooms (soaked in gran marnier), zucchini, sundried tomato, a bit of jalapeno, coriander, cumin, shredded chicken, etc.
Kim says the secret to a great tomato sauce is to include a piece of chicken w/skin and bone in the sauce. We can attest it was delicious!!!

And because it's "Talk Like A Pirate Day"...


  1. LOVED hosting for the first time! Can't wait until it's our turn to do it again! HUGE thanks to Scott and "Baked" for making us look like we had our act together. Definitely going to grab a few more bottles of the Dave Matthews wine! Again, Abbie...thanks for being so organized and keeping this running so smoothly and for being so welcoming. So glad we got involved! xoxo!
    -Kim (and Alan, too!)

  2. You were an awesome hostess Kim (and Alan). That Bowtie Pasta was amazing and all the Baked items were delicious too. Thanks for hosting TWITS! We hope to see you at one of our next events. :)

    P.S. now I know where to go if I ever need my iPhone, Computer, or Kindle fixed. You ROCK! "That Computer Chick"

    P.P.S you should do stand up comedy. we were laughing so much! The "Hooters of computers" and the "is that a pop-up on your laptop or are you happy to see me?" slogans were hysterical!