Friday, November 15, 2013

Schweiger Vineyards #subzerowolf #dallas #schweigerwine

What an amazing evening at Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliance Showroom in Dallas last night! Being a volunteer for the American Heart Association wine auction committee has given me some very interesting and fun events to attend leading up to the Cotes du Coeur this coming March 2014.  

This is one beautiful showroom that no one should miss seeing. Located on Lemmon Avenue, the tri-level showroom has breathtaking vignettes featuring their appliances with outstanding kitchen designs by international cabinet makers. This showroom also features a state-of-the-art cooking demonstration kitchen where our 4-course dinner was prepared last evening by Executive Chef Garth Blackburn. 

Schweiger Vineyards is the Tete du Cuvee Honoree this year for the Cotes du Coeur. Diana Schweiger was present to engaged the attendees in their wines paired with Chef Blackburn's dinner. 

We began with a 100% 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($28) before the cooking demo which allowed guests to roam the building and view the awesome appliances in the vignettes. This is a wonderful, very crisp and refreshing wine best served at 52 to 58 degrees! This was served with some delicious passed hors d'oeuvres as the first course of the night.

 The guests begin to descend the staircase to the lower level cooking demo area. Once seated, Diana introduce herself and began to talk about their vineyards, how they got started and where it it today as a family business. I had been to the vineyards in 2012 and must say it is gorgeous, offering views of the parent's home in the distance from the porch of the tasting room. That's where we met Andrew, the winemaker and Diana's brother.

Chef Blackburn served butternut squash soup with our next wine, which was a 100% 2010 Chardonnay ($30). This wine was amazing, with no malolactic fermentation, and Andy Schweiger says is "more reminiscent of a classic Mersault than a typical California Chardonnay".

Our next course was a 6 oz. Heartland Brand tenderloin filet, broccolini bundles, and gold and white potato stacks. This was served with a lovely 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($58). Oh my goodness, this wine was like drinking velvet with essences of dark berries, plum, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. I don't know its current availability, but Diana thought we were served the 2008. What a pleasant surprise to us all when we found out it was a 2007! Yum!

The last course served was raspberry and blueberry white chocolate bread pudding with sweetened whipped cream. A solera aged, Cabernet Sauvignon based Port ($50) was served with this dessert. I'm not a Port drinker because I am usually so full at this point, I can't even eat a dessert, but I forced myself (haha)! The Port was excellent!
Hats off to Diana Schweiger from Schweiger Vineyards and Sub-Zero along with Chef Garth Blackburn for an amazing night of wine and food in a gorgeous setting!