We all have fantasies and one of mine FINALLY came true! I have always wanted to have a ménage a trois! I will set the scene for you—me, Montes Wine and Del Frisco’s—two of my loves coming together for one night in Charlotte. A girl just simply couldn’t ask for more. When I first learned about the dinner I had to get a sneak peek of the pairings. One has to be prepared for such things. I was willing to starve myself for a full week in preparation for all the eating and drinking I intended to do. A mouth watering four course dinner along with an appetizing reception was set for the Montes Winery Dinner at the Charlotte location of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.
|Montes Wine Dinner @ Del Frisco's|
I & II
The foreplay was a Lobster Chopped Salad with Sweet Corn paired with Alpha Chardonnay. The salad was delish! I could have just eaten the lobster and been happy. The Montes Alpha Chardonnay is a nice soft and creamy wine from the Casablanca Valley which is the perfect complement to the lobster salad.
|Montes Alpha Chardonnay & Montes Alpha M Pairing|
The second act was Pork Belly with Diver Scallops over a Cider Reduction paired with Epicurean Girl’s personal favorite Alpha M. As you might recall from her “love letter”, it is very hard to take just a sip and then walk away unaffected. Whoever had the idea to serve this wine with this dish is a GENIUS! I had a partial blackout with this match! We were also served “Aurelio’s Selection” of Napa Angel Cabernet Sauvignon which was extremely good and added a bit of the traditional cabernet qualities. I would put it up against any Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons out there.
III & IV
The Espresso Rubbed Filet Mignon was EXCELLENT. I forgot about proper etiquette and left nothing on my plate. My excuse is that I traveled all the way from New Orleans so I have every right to take advantage of this unique opportunity! I was expecting a cabernet for this particular pairing but the combination of the Montes Folly Syrah and the steak was a pleasant surprise. Of course, the filet was seasoned to perfection as only Del Frisco’s knows how to do. Senor Montes introduced his “Aurelio’s Selection” Star Angel Syrah which comes from Paso Robles, California and it was really wonderful.
|Montes Folly & Purple Angel Pairing|
The final course was my climactic moment. I always say I can start a meal with dessert and end it with a good wine. The Chocolate Ancho Chili Strudel was perfection! It reminded me slightly of the strudel dessert at Del Frisco’s Grille in New York. It was very light and didn’t make me feel like I was weighed down. The Purple Angel was the pièce de résistance! This is my personal favorite and I really don’t care what Epicurean Girl has to say because this Carmenere is my lover—my love letter is coming soon!
I just have to thank Montes Winery and Del Frisco’s for fulfilling one of my fantasies without me even having to ask for it! I guess I still have three wishes left. If you haven’t attended a wine dinner at one of the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouses yet then I am telling you that you must sign up on their website—click here—to stay in the know of the Del Frisco’s happenings. I also highly recommend for you to try out all of the Montes Winery wines because they have something for all palates.
|Montes Wine Dinner @ Del Frisco's Charlotte|
Gourmand Girl’s Conclusion: 5 VIPs
Montes Winery & Del Frisco’s Charlotte both receive our highest rating of 5 VIPs.