Pelagia Trattoria and Wine Twits make a perfect combo

Thursday, July 12, 2012
On Tuesday night, I was fortunate enough to attend a National Virtual Wine Tasting Event by Wine Twits. Jodi Fritch - Tampa Wine Woman hosted the event for an intimate group at Pelagia Trattoria. We sampled four wines paired with amazing food by Executive Chef Andrew Basch. This was my first visit to Pelagia Trattoria and it will not be my last.

Wine #1 was the Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2010 #W9731. It was paired alongside strawberry's stuffed with blue cheese and my photo is not worthy of this post. The wine was excellent, but I already knew this as a fan of Wente.

Wine # 2 was Hahn Winery California Pinot Noir 2011 #W9741. It was paired with Pomegranate Duck Breast. It paired perfectly with the Hahn Pinot Noir. The Duck was perfectly seared. I loved it.
Wine #3 was another Pinot Noir, and my favorite of the two,Garnet Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir 2010 #W976. Now grasp yourself for this. It was paired with Homemade Braised Short Rib Ravioli with Jagermeister De-glazed Mushrooms!
Lastly, wine #4 was Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2008 #W975, paired with a Lamb T-Bone. I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of Lamb, but this was awesome and I called my Mother immediately to let her know that I had lamb and enjoyed it!
 Then to top the evening off, Chef Andrew brought out the desserts. Boy oh boy.

Apple Tarte A La Mode - Phyllo Dough, Rosemary, Vanilla Gelato & a Caramel Sauce to die for

Godiva Chocolate Pyramid - Pistachio Gelato & Almond Tuille
My favorite dessert of the night - Coffee and Cigars, Espresso Panna Cotta and Chocolate Cigar Tuille.  This was amazing and whimsical.
Limoncello Crème Brulee
We also tried the PT’s Peaches and Cream with Warm Caramel - Summer Peaches, Mascarpone Pound Cake, Candy Walnuts & Vanilla Gelato and a Gelato Sampler, neither of which photos are good enough to put on this post, but both were amazing.

Bravo to Chef Andrew, Jodi and Wine Twits for putting on an amazing tasting. All of the items we tried are on the Pelagia Trattoria menu and I can't wait to visit again! Pelagia Trattoria is located in the Marriott Renaissance at the International Plaza Mall.

Notes about the event: WineTwits has joined forces with the leading showcase of technology in the wine industry, to create a fun, interactive, social event for wine fans from around the country. #WITS2012 will feature 4 stellar wine partners, and will provide the opportunity not only to taste & tweet along with fellow members of the social wine community, but also interact with the winemakers and get the inside scoop on these brands and vintages.
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