A friend of ours has been sitting on two nice bottles of shiraz for a while now - 83 Grange and 96 Hill of Grace. He's been meaning to drink them but just haven't found the right occasion. Friday evening, he made me a deal. If I can come up with a menu and cook the meal, they'd bring the wine.
I'd like to come up with a menu that would be suitable for the wines, although I'm sure the wines would be great regardless of what we pair with it. I've had Command and Dead Arm and some other really nice shiraz but these are out of my league. I've never had either. I've searched thru all the shiraz pairing threads but I wanted some more input. I don't know if there would be other ideas if there were specific wines in mind.
Cheese - An fatty cheese sounds like it would work well. I like Gouda but we have someone who doesn't do well with cow's milk cheeses. Other suggestions?
Entree - Lamb seems to be a popular choice but I'm not a big lamb person. I might do more than one meat. Steak au poivre seems like another popular choice but the last thing I want to do is overpower the wine.
Sides? I have no idea. I was thinking of a mac and cheese but I'm not sure. Veggies? Again, no clue. I'm more of a meat and starch kinda guy. I wanna have a complete meal though, because I think that would be nice to hang out for a few hours and enjoy the whole experience. I'm not sure what other courses should be served. I'm also not sure what the pairings should be or the order the wines should be drunk. I have a some shiraz in my cellar - Command, Dead Arm, Killakanoon R, Langmeil Freedom, and Bella's Garden are probably the most notable. If it would be better to open with one of them, we can do that. I also don't mind going out and getting something if the situation calls for it.
I can cook a little, but I can't really make anything fancy. I can grill. I can cook a steak in a cast iron pan and finish it in the oven. Things like that. French technique is probably beyond me. I will definitely test this menu, probably more than once, before we have them over and do the real thing. Any suggestions are appreciated. Recipes are welcome too.