The "tickets" from the two flights of wine...
On the left, the first flight, the whites, accompanied by three meats and two cheeses and assorted condiments: cornichons, Guinness mustard, quince paste; on the right the second flight, the reds, accompanied by three cheeses and two meats and assorted condiments: assorted olives, spicy peppers, piccalilli.
When we were done with these, the "surprise" was presented: a 2004 Portfolio (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot), and more goodies: a couple of pates, a German prosciutto, and several more lovely condiments.
This is such a fine experience. A really lovely evening, with nice wines, lovely food, good service, and a bunch of people who are there because they love good food and wine. I'm set for another six months.
DH is out of town tomorrow and the next day, so I'll probably be keeping the efforts simple from here to Thursday. (Friday is his birthday dinner, so that will be no holds barred roast lamb.)