Have you heard of ReWinery? It is a really cool wine delivery service where you can order wine from their website, iphone app or via phone (800.405.5629 ) and it will be delivered within the hour between 10am-11pm. The only bummer is that delivery is restricted to San Francisco. I am certain that they will be expanding their delivery radius soon! But just imagine, you are at a picnic at the park or the beach, or enjoying a lovely view from a bench in the Presidio… how much nicer it would be with a glass of wine. Well, you can order a bottle or two to be delivered by bike messenger within the hour from your phone! They contacted me to see if I was interested in trying out their intriguing service and since I am a bridge and tunnel girl, my fine friend DebbieG who lives and works in the City graciously agreed to help me with my testing. We had the wine delivered to her work, and she said it arrived by bike messenger within the hour attactively packaged in the above cardboard carrying case.
I had wine and cheese on my mind and decided to make a meal of it, in a rather elaborate way… cheese fondue! (click here for the recipe) Over the years I have collected several fondue pots which sadly, I rarely ever use.
I lightly steamed broccoli, raw carrots, radishes, strips of red bell pepper to include some nutritious light items on the menu. A bowl of olives, some cornichon with pickled onions to help balance the richness, a bowl filled with cubes of sourdough walnut bread, sweet baguette and some pretzels which serve as a blank palate with which to scoop up the cheesey delight. Mr. K found it essential to include a small bowl of his new favorite hot sauce that he discovered while reading Saveur magazine, Mázi Piri Piri. We enjoyed the Tenuta San Rocco Grechetto Poggio Marcigliano a white that smells sweet on the nose but dry on the tongue, it was a fine accompaniment to the decadent and cheesy course.
Then I tossed cauliflower, tiny yukon gold potatoes, and mushrooms with olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven until golden and toasty. I also baked Tatertots and made tiny pigs in a blanket for the mains. The possibilities are really endless, you are only limited to the amount of food one can consume…
These richer dishes were delicious with the Argentina Bodini Malbec 2010 and especially when covered with cheese. Another cool thing about Rewinery is that if you ever receive a wine that you don’t like, they’ll send you a different one. Just like that. But we liked the Malbec just fine.
We ended the epic feast with a course of Chocolate Fondue. Again, there are no limits to what can be enjoyed dipped in chocolate! Here’s my favorite, a potato chip.
This is a more classic and appealing pairing, a perfect strawberry from the Farmer’s Market (thanks DebbieG for carting those along)
Another favorite, cubed rice krispy treats…
Our options were: animal crackers, grapes, fresh pineapple, marshmallow, strawberries, macaroons, gingersnap and cubes of buttery croissant. Click here for the recipe I used.
It was an epic feast
Thanks ReWinery, we enjoyed the wine, it was really very good and it inspired me to make a grand feast! Now I regularly receive emails from Rewinery.com offering discounts on wine now, I just wish I could take advantage of them… But if you do live or work in the fine city by the bay, you should definitely check them out!