Last Saturday after a long day of hosting tastings throughout the afternoon, all I wanted to do was sit back, relax, and open a special bottle of wine. I chose the Luce 2006, a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese from Toscana, to enjoy with dinner that evening. It’s a very full-bodied and concentrated wine, so I thought that it would go really well with a rich meat. The original plan was to stay at home and cook a nice steak dinner with my boyfriend, but when I got off work I was so tired that I didn’t want to invest time in cooking. Since the focus of the evening was the wine, my boyfriend and I decided to look for a BYOB restaurant in the area. BYOB restaurants are not so easy to come by in the best circumstances, but on a Saturday night at 8:00pm, it’s an even greater challenge.
Amazing! Almost immediately, we found one called Catch de Fish, just two blocks away from work. I was slightly disappointed that it was a seafood restaurant because the wine we had was so bold, but I was even more surprised that it was a Thai Seafood fusion restaurant. But as long as it was BYOB, I was sold. We ended up ordering a crab cake with spicy mayo, shrimp tom yum soup, Chilean sea bass with vegetables, and baby back ribs with honey and Thai spices. None of these dishes were a “textbook” pairing with the wine that we brought, but everything was delicious, and the evening turned out to be wonderful.
The experience we had that night really reminded me of Jane’s blog “The Power of Context.” Our wine and food pairings certainly weren’t what one would expect or even choose, but I’ll always remember the night for the good meal and even better company. If you said I could rewind time and make a different, more appropriate choice, I would tell you that I wouldn’t change a thing.