Just as much as I like to eat really good food, I love to drink really good wine. And, not any kind of wine, but the big, bold Cabernet Sauvignons that come from Napa Valley, California. It seems like everything has its own special day – Hot Dog Day, Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Pumpkin Spice Latte Day – you get the idea. But Cabernet Day?!? Now, that is a day that I can really get behind! And, with the recent earthquake affecting many of Napa’s wineries and workers, what more reason do you need to support this day, as well?
To celebrate the liquid goodness that is Cabernet Sauvignon, I spent the day with Jessica Altieri, Sommelier and Founder and CEO of Wine Channel TV, Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, Lyndsay Petruny, TV Host and Sideline Reporter for the Chicago Bears, Jennifer Worman, of Red Soles and Red Wine, and Kit Graham of The Kittchen. We had a fun and fabulous meal at Gibsons Steakhouse and enjoyed three spectacular St. Supéry Cabernets.
We started with a classic – the 2012 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the first red wine released from the 2012 vintage – possibly one of the best vintages of Napa Valley wines. The wine offered aromas of blackberry, black pepper, and smoky mocha on the nose, and tasted of black plum, licorice, and coffee bean. It was smooth and easy to drink. It paired quite well with the New York sirloin, and Gibsons’ famous Turtle Pie.
Ours was served with a fantastic loaded wedge salad, complete with bacon, blue cheese, and tomato. While I love salads, I usually eat them sans dressing. Not here, though, as the blue cheese dressing was outstanding, and was a nice pairing with the Estate Cabernet.
The refined 2011 Napa Valley Estate Élu – a Bordeaux style blend from Napa Valley – was next. This wine was extremely elegant and had an incredibly smooth and lingering finish. It is a definite new favorite. The Élu is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, and tasted and smelled of black cherry, plum, and dark mocha. This wine is perfect for grilled salmon, bacon, and lamb. We enjoyed ours with delicious sautéed spinach, asparagus, double baked potatoes, and french fries!
My favorite wine of the day, and one that I have enjoyed before, was the 2010 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This single vineyard wine was made from some of the oldest vines on the Dollarhide Estate Vineyard, and reflects the rugged mountain terroir of Dollarhide. It has already garnered 95 points from the esteemed Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, and Best of Show in the American Fine Wine Competition. This layered, complex, and bold wine pairs quite well with bone in sirloin or a hearty pasta bolognese. I have already added this wine to my collection.
No meal at Gibsons is complete without its famous desserts. We enjoyed the macadamia turtle pie – my favorite – as well as the carrot cake.
For a closer look into our day at Gibsons with Wine Channel TV and St. Supéry, head on over to Wine Channel TV!
Special thanks to Wine Channel TV for gathering such an amazing group of people, to St. Supéry for the phenomenal wines, and to Gibsons for hosting a delicious meal!
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.