We had quite the crowd over for New Years Eve and of course the kitchen area was hectic as always. Appetizers were all over and everyone seemed to enjoy them. There must have been about eight cheeses set out, with different drizzles and honey, and a big assortment of different crackers. There was candy and potato chips and munchies like that as well. What really caught my attention early on in the evening were the Smoked Salmon and a wonderful Duck Liver Pate; need I say more I was in heaven, but I had to refrain from devouring both of these items to the chagrin of the guests. I guess next year, we may have to double the serving size.
The white wines were a hit as well; in fact this category was consumed all the way through the evening, even through the dinner course. All of the white wines that evening were Chardonnay. There were a couple of tried and true whites, that are more common and they advertise so that they are a recognizable brand. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012 was very popular, and they have a sizable advertising budget, because everyone seemed to know that brand. For a popular wine it delivers a good product with out any complaints. The other wine that was recognizable was Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2012 from Columbia Valley, Washington. Columbia Valley is large, and the winery points out that the fruit for this wine is a mix of Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope. Once again this was a popular choice, especially among the occasional wine drinkers.
The other two wines were the ones that I was more interested in. The first that I will mention is one that I recently received and wrote about from my wine club. Silvestri Bella Sandra Chardonnay 2011 from the Carmel Valley in California was the one I wanted to open up and try. It was the longest aged of all the white wines being served and using strictly Robert Young clone grapes; and I thought the most interesting, though I might have been biased. I also know that my Sister-in-Law and her husband enjoyed it. They also brought a Chardonnay to the festivities, one that I did not know, but is one of his favorites at home. He brought Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay 2012 for us to try and to enjoy. This wine was a mix of fruits from Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties. With all of these white wines and the munchies that were served, I could have been a happy camper, but there was still more to enjoy for the evening.