Annie and I went over to LXV Wines yesterday to take part in a small, private tasting with Neeta Mittal, co-owner along with her husband, Kunal. She wanted to show us the food and wine pairings that she’s planning for Valentine’s Day weekend. They partnered up with Fromagerie Sophie and Alle-pia Salumi to create some incredible combinations.
Here are the pairings and then some notes following below that:
2014 Summer Satine (Viognier)
2015 Heart Note (Rose from Sangiovese)
Barnier Black Provencal Olives
2013 Reserve Sangiovese
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Pork & Pistachio Pate
2013 Lover’s Spell (56% Syrah 44% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Smokey Blue Cheese
Bone Marrow with Anchovy
Thoughts on the pairings:
Annie and I both were in agreement that the pairings were amazing. You start off gradually with the Viognier and Rose pairings, super tasty but not over the top. Then you move into the Sangiovese and it kicks up a notch. That cheese pairing was delicious but the Uni Pasta really delivered. From there we get into that Reserve Cabernet with the Pate and Salami…left us wanting more. To close out with the Syrah/ Cabernet blend, the Smokey Blue Cheese was some of the best cheese I’ve had and it paired very nicely. The Bone Marrow was really the kicker. I’ve never had it before but not only was it outstanding, the pairing with this wine took both to the next level.
A superb showing of why wine and food go hand in hand. They enhance one another, they do not dominate one another. Below are the days and times they are doing these pairings. Friday night is a bit different than the rest of the weekend so maybe go to both!
So here’s the scoop:
Friday at LXV: Cheese painrings with Fromagerie Sophie $25 per person $18 for industry/ wine club
Saturday through Monday (1pm – 7pm) at LXV: Aphrodisiac pairings $45 per person $35 for industry/ wine club
The menu may change slightly based on their ability to get what they need from Alle-Pia.
Another big thank you to Neeta for inviting us in to do a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend taste test. Well done!