On Monday night (2/27/12), Colorado Wino founder Jacob Harkins and Pig & Block Charcuterie owner Jeff Bauman hosted the Club Wino No. 7, a monthly club that encourages locals to explore Colorado wines. After attending “Gettin’ Piggy with It” back in January, I couldn’t miss this month’s “Game Night,” an entire feast of game meat dishes prepared by Williams & Graham Chef David Bumgardner.
The four-course meal was extremely well-executed, the game meats were a rare treat, and the tasty local wines complemented each bite perfectly—including Liliputian’s Ginger Wine, an unique, citrusy palate cleanser to complete the evening. Of course the atmosphere was great too– the hosts gave wonderful explanations of the food and wine, while guests engaged in lively conversations, many of us meeting for the first time.
To munch on while waiting for all the guests to arrive: Williams & Graham fleur de sel-salted popcorn with peanuts and masala caramel. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend a trip to Williams & Graham.
Rabbit Crepinette with Pickled Vegetables
Pairing: 2009 Guy Drew Vineyards Merlot (Cortez, Colorado)
Spicy Boar Soup with Kimchi Fritters
Pairing: 2009 Stone Cottage Cellars Gewurztraminer (Paonia, Colorado)
Duck Two Ways: Tea smoked breast seared and served with fried edamame, thai chile peppers, and pulled duck leg with a soy ginger slaw, paté, toasted brioche, and sriracha
Pairing: 2010 Bonacquisti Wine Co. Zinfandel (Denver, Colorado)
(Psst!! Don’t forget to check out their local Jug Wine Program!)
Little Man Ginger Ice Cream with Candied Ginger, Cointreau & Green Tea gelée, and Mochi
Pairing: 2009 Liliputian Winery Shangri-La Ginger Wine (Hotchkiss, Colorado)
All in all, a feast like this makes it worth the monthly wait. Until the next Club Wino: be sure to stop by the Pig & Block for Jeff’s great meat recommendations (3326 Tejon Street); take a look at the Colorado Wino website and the local vineyards featured; and most importantly: eat, drink, et á votre santé!