The two Pinot Noirs that I chose to accompany the “Sexy Six Mushroom Soup” created by Chef Robin White were some of the best wines that I sampled over the summer. As part of my radio show, Cocktails for Everyone!, I interview some of the most influential people in the wine & culinary world each week.
In July, I spoke with both Jeff Stewart, Head Winemaker for Buena Vista Carneros (http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=47137)
as well as Eileen Crane (http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=47296), President and Winemaker at Domaine Carneros.
As part of our conversations, we conducted “virtual tastings” – me on the East Coast while they were each in Carneros. Their wines were beautiful, structured and balanced – perfect representations of Carneros fruit and winemaking.
That is why I selected them to pair with Chef Robin’s mushroom soup – the earthy qualities of Pinot Noir match perfectly with the earthy mushrooms and hint of sherry in Robin’s soup.
Here are the tasting notes for each:
2007 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir: A classic Pinot Noir, rich with fruit tones of black cherry, raspberry and black current overlaid with notes of chocolate, toast, clove and exotic spices. Luscious flavors end in a very long and silky finish. $35.00
2007 Buena Vista Carneros Dijon Clones Pinot Noir is deep purple in color with aromas of blackberry, mocha, toast, damp earth, cardamom and roasted nuts. It continues with a spicy entry and flavors of black cherry, cocoa, broad sweet tannins and cherry liqueur. The wine lingers with a long rich finish balanced by great acid and fruit definition. $42.00
Here’s the link to Chef Robin White’s Website and the #SoupWeek recipes: http://www.chefrobinwhite.com/