It all started with a dinner party. You know, the kind our parents used to have. The six of us sat under the shade of our giant tree. Each couple brought a bottle of wine, and a discussion about the amazing attributes of wine ensued. It was so enjoyable we immediately made plans for our next gathering. Years later we still meet once a month for a friendly wine competition. It has evolved . . . now we create gourmet meals and pair it with some of the most incredible wine I've ever tasted.
Chinese food done Shetler style, which is to say "gourmet Chinese food." As always Mark went over the top and Melissa decorated to the max. It was beautiful. Each setting had a menu of course, but each setting also had our names in Chinese. They called for Pinot Noir, not my favorite, but appropriate for this meal. I struggled to find a Pinot I'd like.
We were greeted by their two Corgi puppies, Valentino and Eleanor.
We started with Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Then the platters started coming out: Orange Chicken
Kung Pao Beef
Shrimp Fried Rice
Ginger Scented Brown Rice
And finally all set up on my plate...
The final touch: Sweet White & Wild Rice with Fresh Mango and Fried Wonton Crisps
And of course the wine! We chose a Pinot Noir in a non-traditional region, Mokelumne River. When we complained about having to bring a Pinot, the Milliare Winery suggested their Pinot which was grown in the foothills. Miraculously, we won again. The Shetler's came in second place with SCV, 2011 Bodega Ridge Block, Pinot Noir. The Wades came in third with a yummy Joseph Phelps, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.