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Finale Friday (With Wine)

It has been a semi-eventful few days.  Weather has been the focus around here.  Snow, the first of the season, more than we are used to, more challenging, and then Ice Storms across much of our region to wreak havoc with us Pacific Ocean proximity dwellers.  We only got about 8 inches here at the farm, but for some reason it just was not met with the usual exuberance.  This kind of weather event, this time of year, for us, is really more of an inconvenience than anything, the truth be told.  Goat chores take 2-3 times as long to accomplish, the “commute” to the barn can be a challenge (remember the fake hip of a few years ago?).  But not to be forgotten, we are NOT in active kidding season yet, so hey, Thank the Snow Gods.  Bring it on now, and how about we just skip February altogether???  That is slated to be a very prolific kidding time frame.

For tonight we have chosen to repeat a wine from a previous post.  The wine is “Weather Report” from Peter’s Cellars in Mattawa, WA.  This is an ’08 Cab.  Not quite as fully developed as we might hope, but perfectly enjoyable and a really good accompaniment to the cheese/meat/bread selections for the evening.

Gothberg Farms Goat Cheese, Salumi Meats, Breadfarm Bread

The meat is from Salumi Cured Meats in Seattle.  This is the current favorite.  It is made with mole, chocolate, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle peppers, and of course, The Pig.  OK, so to a Native Texan, what’s not to love???  The cheeses chosen are our own, Gothberg Farms Woman of LaMancha and Caprino Romano, both raw milk cheeses aged over one year.  The Woman is our ‘strongest’ cheese.  The beautiful rind is an olive oil/smoked paprika cured delight.  The Caprino Romano is pure flavor and a season favorite.  It is fabulous as a table cheese and also works quite well for cooking or enhancing your favorite foods.  The flavors tend to explode when heated, so you should try it if you are lucky enough to be able to find some.  Then there is the bread, yes, the bread.  The choice is the Miche from the Breadfarm.  This is a favorite with pretty much anything but for this meat/cheese/wine board it was perfect!  Just the right amount of everything to enhance but not overpower any flavors.

The wine and meats were from our beloved Slough Food in Edison, WA.  We love absolutely everything about John and his shop.

So next time the Weather Report is challenging you, come see us in Edison for this fine Friday Finale Supper.  We are pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

Wine Wednesday 3

The weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from late summer, to cool, sunny & crisp, to “coastal mist” cooler & gray-in about 12 hours. We are running  high 40’s to 50’s each day-not my favorite season would be putting it mildly.  We have already hit the 30’s & our day length is shortened by over 5 hours a day already. UGH!  I know what is just around the corner, and I don’t just mean kidding season.  So, with this change in the weather, I could not resist tonight’s choice of wine “Weather Report” from Peter’s Cellars in Mattawa, WA.  We had the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is a ripe, plush Cab.  The tannins are soft and smooth. It is a very approachable wine, yet full-bodied.  It is easily drinkable, enjoyable, and was able to carry some pretty diverse and delicious flavors as well.  I am very pleased with this value priced wine.  It is available at Slough Food in Edison WA.

Caerphilly, Ewephoria, Salumi, & Breadfarm too!

But of course, the wine alone does not do justice to the #winewednesday.  We do have our personal favorites we like to pair with.  Tonight’s choices with this wine are: our own Gothberg Farms goats’ milk Caerphilly, just sharp enough to add character.  We matched it up with Ewephoria, a most delightful, sweet, almost dessert-like sheeps’ milk gouda from Friesland, Holland.  The two were a great compliment.  We added in a little charcuterie from Salumi Meats in Seattle.  For this match we chose the spicy paprika blend.  The paprika added just the right amount of spunk for this wine which carried all of them beautifully.  Breadfarm baguette was the perfect accompaniment for all.  A few Marcona almonds from Spain-and dinner was pretty much complete at appetizer!!!

And how lucky are we here in Bow/Edison?? The wine, meat, almonds, Ewephoria-all from our beloved Slough Food.  Then, right next door, the Breadfarm. And the Caerphilly, right from our own cheese cooler.  Come check us all out!!!  Great tastes await.

Wine Wednesday 2

Whoa Nellie!!!  This week has outdone itself!!!  Absolutely everything was awesome! And easy!

We started with a great Fall afternoon treat.  I sliced Breadfarm baguette on the diagonal and sprinkled it with our Goats’ Milk Cheddar (I grated it, slices may have been better, and certainly easier).  I topped that with sliced, peeled apples from my own tree and thinly sliced beets from my own garden.  I topped that with a bit more of our Cheddar.  Then I baked it at 350-400 degrees til browned on top. This was really tasty and was so representative of Fall here on the goat farm.

The Prep
The Pre-Cook

Oh Yum! Baked & Done.

And then for the wine selection.  Tonight we chose Purple Star Syrah 2008 from the Columbia Valley, WA.  This wine is full bodied & slightly spicy.  It brings to mind soft, ripe fruit (so what is not to love about that?).  It is a very friendly, drinkable, enjoyable Syrah.  And an even greater bonus to be had!  15% of proceeds of this wine go to Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care fund. I have 3-5 really good reasons for this to be appreciated.  So go on over to our beloved John at Slough Food and try this one!

And I am sure you know by now Purple will always win with us!!!

And then, with nice wine and delicious treats, dinner evolved.

This was Eggplant Parmesan (our own from Gothberg Farms of course!), broccoli from our garden, beans & eggplant from the farmers market.   Yes indeed it was a good food evening.

Wine Wednesday

After several mild suggestions to add recipes to our pages, I have decided to take another approach.  I do love to cook, I do love to share recipes.  But let’s face it, that takes a significant time commitment.  I’m good for that, but not so much right now.  It did start me thinking about what I might really enjoy pursuing and sharing here.  Inspired by the Twitter folks, here is my less than professional opinion on wines, cheeses, beers, ciders, charcuterie, and all things associated that I enjoy.  I will make an effort here to be “regular” in posting a #WineWednesday enjoyment.  Cheeses will naturally have a focus on our cheeses, but will certainly not be exclusive.  I enjoy many cheeses, not just ours.  Most of the wines will come from our neighbors store, Slough Foods.  There will likely be occasional deviations, but always locally accessible and often locally produced.

Enough of the background thoughts.  On with our first selection.  For the wine, Alianca Vinho Verde.  This is a light, crisp white wine from Portugal.  It is a perfect summer wine.  I just discovered this gem this summer and am having it tonight as a final toast to the summer that almost wasn’t.  I am not ready for it to end, but with flannel shirt on for milking tonight, I must concede.  This wine pairs beautifully with fresh cracked crab, fresh oysters, and our chevre.  It is lovely with fresh garden tomatoes, chives, & cucumbers.  I highly recommend Taylor Shellfish Farms for your shellfish desires.  Pair the shellfish with the chevre, the wine, and a hunk of crusty Breadfarm bread, and life is just pretty dang good!  This wine is also a great value, so go see John at Slough Foods and toast one last glass to summer!