We also had the awesome experience of attending a wine pairing/tasting class donated by The Vitner's Palate to an auction benefitting Wasatch Community Gardens. My friends Laura (who works at WCG) and her husband Matt invited four couples to join them and the dinner was held at the home of Mike and Andrea, who own the Vitner's Palate. Their home was lovely, and oh so cozy, and Andrea is an artist and gourmet cook who kept little plates of deliciousness coming at every turn. We sat at their dining room table for four hours, tasting wines from around the world- first sparkling for the welcome, then into many reds, an exotic white from Spain, and then two ports for desert. The menu was totally delightful, ranging from fresh fruits and homeade crackers, to stuffed mushrooms, homeade fried ravioli stuffed with pinenuts, garlic, and sundried tomatoes, to salmon puffs. Did I mention the artisan cheeses and bruschetta topped with their garden's tomatoes????
Top this off with cinamon dusted chocolate and figs stuffed with blue cheese washed down with both tawny and ruby port, and you have the most relaxing and delicious evening. Mike is available for events, and as a former winemaker from Oregon, he's both down to earth, and very knowledgable. You can contact him at http://thevintnerspalate.com/.