Kagie Wine Party
It’s amazing how quickly the year goes by! It seems like it was just a couple months ago that we were getting to sample the vast array of offerings at the annual Wine Fest de Kagie. As in typical Kagie fashion, the event was classy but casual, tasty but unpretentious, and comfortable but not sloppy. They again opened their wine cellar – that’s right…wine cellar, not cabinet – and provided their many, many guests with a chance to sample possibly over a hundred wines. There was also a sampling of a massive variety of cheeses excellently paired with each wine variety. A new shining cheese star for me this year was the Brilliant Savant (a soft French sheep’s cheese) which was paired with the Shiraz. So delicious and creamy! Each cheese is specifically designed to bring out the absolute best in each wine, or is just delicious on its own. The wine bar upstairs is completely finished in beautiful detail and becomes quite a gathering place. Or you can choose to play a game of pool or darts (if you can find the elbow room).
Also featured upstairs was a large selection from the Darioush Winery out of Napa which offers Bordeaux style wines. This evening we sampled the Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Dual, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Always a fan of a great Cab, that one was my favorite and had me coming back for another wee taste a few times!
In addition to the sacrifices to the cheese gods, each guest brings a small appetizer to share and naturally there is always Pat’s famous “secret” meatballs. There is never a shortage of tasty food – that is for sure!
Since we all come and go at different times during the evening, we sometimes only get fleeting moments with the other DDs but it’s also a chance to meet and mingle with other people and make some new friends.
Cheers to another great night of wine, cheese, and friends. Prost!