New Flight and Bites

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Even before our city became a winter wonderland, we were craving comfort foods with big flavor. At TASTE, one of the ways we interpreted that was to create a Flight and Bites menu, pairing big Washington reds and artisan cheeses.

Indeed, during our initial tastings, we all had thoughts of pot pies and meat sauces — heartier, more typical translations of “comfort foods.” But, as most pairings go, the wines took us in another direction and led us to a foodlover’s idea of comfort food: a yummy cheese platter.

Our December Flight and Bites kicks off with the 2005 Covington Cellars Starr Syrah.  Drawing on the dark fruit and toasted sesame flavors, we chose a wedge of creamy Quillisascut “Ash Tome” garnished with a tart cherry and port compote. We follow the syrah with another berry-forward wine, the 428 Boulevard 2004 Merlot. The blueberry and blackberry tones pair well with the tartness of the fresh pomegranate studding the Rogue Creamery blue cheese that’s drizzled with honey. The 2005 Bunnell Family Cellars “Vif” that completes this trio is a blend of mourvèdre and grenache and is the most full-bodied with coffee and oak flavors. It also inspired our most interesting combination of sticks of cave-aged gruyere dunked into a pot of espresso caramel.

At just $21 for all three wine and cheese pairings – or $8 for an individual pairing – our big red Flight and Bites is a great way to celebrate the season.

What is your ultimate comfort food?

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