On a recent Monday I had the occasion to spend an evening at Kosta’s in Brewer, in a cozy room with a warm fireplace. Wine and Tapas Night is a new event at Kosta’s hosted by Brad Power of Maine Distributors. The idea behind the event is to serve 6 tastes of wine, in 3 flights, paired with 3 courses of small plates for $25.00. An inexpensive way to get out of the house and try some new things on a Monday night and still get home by 9:00 pm. What a great deal! The theme for the evening was French Wine.
The first flight was Campuget Tradition White and Le Campuget Rouge. These wines from the Costiere de Nimes region were paired with a small cup of Fish Chowder and Bruschetta. The white wine, a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, smelled like peaches on the nose, had rich fruit in the middle, and a crisp minerally finish. It paired perfectly with the fish chowder and set the stage for an evening of delicious tastes. The Le Campuget Rouge was a blend of Syrah and Viognier (a white grape) which produced hints of blueberry and raspberry on the nose, big, round, berry fruit in the middle, and a nice soft finish. It was perfect with the sweet and spicyness of the Bruschetta.
Flight two featured wines from the Burgundy Region of France. Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages (100% Chardonnay) and Joseph Drouhin Laforet (100% Pinot Noir). Both the Macon Village with its crisp fruit, lemon zest and mild acidity, and the Laforet with its clean and pure cherry fruit and mild tannic finish paired perfectly with Kosta’s delicious crabcakes.
The third and final flight of the night showcased the wines of Bordeaux. The white wine was Chateau Lacoste Graves, one of the first white Bordeaux wines that I fell in love with, a classic Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend from a prestiges property. This is a pretty wine, a beautiful example of the balance of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit on the nose and the softer rounder fruit of the Semillon on the palate, with mild citrus notes and a crisp finish. The red wine was Chatteau Laffitte Laujac Cru Bourgeois Medoc, a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. This classic Medoc blend was new to me. It exhibited a richness of fruit that is not always typical of Bordeaux, and its 12 months of aging in 30% new oak rounded out the typical tannic edge that normally comes with wines from the Medoc. This red wine paired especially well with the Pork Medallions glazed with honey and cinnamon, and the white wine was perfect with the new potatoes prepared with lemon, butter, garlic, dill and mint. Simply prepared, simply delicious.
It must also be noted the the staff at Kosta’s did a fantastic job, and that Thomas, being the consumate host that he is, insisted on treating us to Cheese, Calamari and Spanakopata after dinner. No one left there hungry.
The next Wine and Tapas Night will be on Monday April 8th at 6:30 pm. and feature the wines of Italy. Call and make your reservation as soon as possible. Seating is limited to the first 30, lucky, people.