We were invited out for a Memorial Day/Birthday Party at one of my Sister-in-Laws home for the occasion. My Bride in the role that she revels in handled the logistics of the party. That is, she coordinated who was bringing what dish, so that there would not be duplication. My Bride prepared two whole pork tenderloins, burgers and hot dogs, as well as a couple of different potato salads for the dinner. I selected some wines for the party, which to me, is a crucial job.
Our host for the day, handled all of the grilling, once he made sure that the pool was ready to be used. A fine yeoman like job he did, I may add. While he was outside grilling, my Bride was inside preparing other dishes, starting with appetizers, to finishing and arranging all the side dishes that went with this barbeque dinner. My other duty, beyond the wine selection was to slice the tenderloins and try to stay out of the way of my Bride, when she becomes a whirling dervish in the kitchen.
For our wine selections, I took two of our current stand-by wines. A Sterling Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay Central Coast 2011 and a Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage Central Coast 2010. I also grabbed a wine from the cellar that sounded interesting when we bought it. A Brassfield Estate Winery Proprietary Red Wine from Clearlake Oaks, California was the particular wine. The wine was called Volcano Ridge Eruption and it had a High Valley Appellation. Volcano Ridge is located on the slopes of an extinct cinder cone and is planted with Syrah, Mouvedre, Grenache and Petite Sirah and these varietals were blended for a Cotes du Rhone type of wine. While it was not as full bodied as some of my favorite wines from this district; it was a pleasant enough wine that went well with the barbequed dishes that were being served.