Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wine Society with Eagle Harbor Wine Company

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Hugh and Cynthia Remash, our guest winemakers make big bodied red wines at their Bainbridge Island winery.  Last fall when we sipped cabernet in their cozy tasting room on Winslow Way we immediately thought of beef bourguignon followed by lots of chocolate. 

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We might have gotten a little carried away but it’s February and it’s cold and rainy and Valentine’s day waits out there with it’s big red bulls-eye so we ate chocolate.

Hugh’s wines are big and bold and will stand up the anything.  Lush, full, well rounded a pleasure to drink.  Cynthia’s a professional chef and learned her craft on a ten month sabbatical to Florence in 2002 where Hugh studied art and winemaking.  The youngster in their lives orchestrated the whole thing after deciding she wanted to go to school in Europe!

Last week we stepped from winter’s chill  past the fledgling blooms of a sunrise pink rhododendron into the heart of a Hal Molstad designed home.  Soaring ceilings and glass walls, stone entry and lots of wood; plank walls and ceiling; creating a lovely northwest contemporary home with a hint of Asian inspiration. 

In the center of it all, two glittering tables set for 16.

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Wine Society Menu


Eagle Harbor Wine Company

February 6, 2010


Assorted Cheeses

Founders Cabernet Sauvignon


Russian Beet Soup with Sour Cream and Dill

Goose Ridge Syrah

Warm Mushroom Salad with Prosciutto

Condor (Syrah/Cab blend)


Citrus Sorbet

Forgeron Late Harvest Semillon


Beef Bourguignon and Crostini



Molten Mousse Soufflés

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Spice Cake

Founders Cabernet Sauvignon


Here’s how it works:  The menu is designed around the wine, with help from the winemaker.  The recipes are dispersed to members who prepare, present and serve at dinner.  Each member introduces their dish to much applause and the winemaker presents his wine and explains the pairings.   We eat then do it again for the next course.

At the end of the evening we count up the wine bottles and settle up with our winemaker.  A convivial way to celebrate food, wine and friends.  If you’re thinking of starting your own wine society, I urge you to do so.  If you need any help, feel free to send me an email

If you’d like our recipes, just ask.  I’ll be posting the molten chocolate mousse recipe later this week.



sandraj said...

Your blog is geting better and better.

La Bella Cooks said...

What a stunning menu. It must have been quite an indulgence to be a part of it.

Carla said...

sandraj Thank you! I love comments like this!

Carla said...

Bridgett Yes, especially for a potluck. The food was indeed wonderful but the nicest part was being making it all happen with such a nice group of people.

El said...

Looks like fun. Can't wait fr the molten cakes!

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