I love BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) restaurants. Especially ones that don’t have a corkage fee and my fave is Babe’s www.babeschicken.com
This is cooking like my Mom used to do on occasion after Church and the table cluttered with big bowls of fresh veggies, gravy, biscuits and battered, fried meat (steak or chicken). Just as a side note, Dad was better at frying chicken and making biscuits than Mom.
So what a treat it is to have some of my favorite foods with my favorite beverage…
I will tell you up front that this is not going to be a detailed food & wine pairing because I did not take notes so this is from memory and the gerbils that spin the wheels in my brain are slowing down with age and also, I just wanted to enjoy the evening with friends. There is nothing more boring than a “wine snob” 😉 dominating the conversation when in the big scheme of things…it’s really not THAT important. Let’s have fun!
The food was: fried chicken, chicken fried steak, smoked chicken, green beans with bits of bacon, semi-creamed corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, and lettuce that was tossed in a sweet vinaigrette.
The 4 wines: Times Ten Muscat, www.timestencellars.com
Llano Signature White (blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc), www.llanowine.com
Fess Parker Pinot Noir, www.fessparker.com
Laetitia Pinot Noir, www.laetitiawine.com
I did not try the white wines, but Ms. J & Ms. G did. Both love Muscat and thought the Muscat was good with the smoked chicken but Ms. G said the smoke from the chicken made the Muscat spicy. Ms. J thought because the corn was a little sweet, it was a perfect match with the wine.
They tried the blend next and both said we did the wines out of order, (these gals are good!). The Signature blend is only slightly sweet. The Sauvignon Blanc gives it a zesty citrus taste, whereas the Muscat is very fruity, floral and honey. Ms. J liked the blend with the smoked chicken and Ms. G said the wine became drier and the sweetness was covered up by the smokey chicken.
I tried the 2 Pinot Noirs with both the chicken fried steak and the fried chicken. Both dishes are about the same except for I eat one with gravy, the other I don’t and the chicken was a little bit saltier and crunchier. Both are meaty, earthy goodness.
The Pinots were different. The one from Fess Parker had more black fruit, forest floor and was heavier on the tongue and the Laetitia is a little more restrained in fruit and was earthy and light on the tongue. Both wines were good with everything but I preferred the Laetitia because it did not introduce more fruit flavors to the food and both food & wine retained their basic flavors.
I did not eat any of the desserts. Babe’s has a nice selection of pies and cobblers. But if I had, it would have been coconut pie and the Muscat. In fact Mr. J asked “where is the port wine?”. Mr. G & my long-suffering Hubby were perfectly happy with their Bud Light beers www.budweiser.com
It was a happy end to a rough work week…Cheers Y’all!
P.S. My apologies to Chris Lawler. I did not take a photo of your Muscat.