Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Buttonwood Pomegranate Fest Report: BW

Lots of Changes at Buttonwood. We stopped by the Pomegranate Open House and sampled the BW. BW is a tribute to Buttonwood founder, Betty Williams, and is a blend of four varietals from her farm. Its a blend of predominately Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. We enjoyed this blend immensely and for $48 a magnum this month for wine club members its a great gift.

Karen Steinwach's, their new winemaker, was in attendance and we found out about a lot of new varietals that Buttonwood will be offering in its portfolio next year. They'll be bottling a new style of Sauvignon Blanc early next year, and there's Grenache and Pinot Noir in barrels in the cellar. I am really looking forward to the 2007 vintage.

During our visit we also enjoyed the Buttonwood Trifle. Here's the recipe
1 pound cake cut in 1/2inch slices
Buttonwood Late Harvest Semillon
Sweetened and condensed plain yogurt
Pomegranate Jelly
Pomegranate seeds
Toasted chopped almonds

Put a layer of pound cake in a deep dish or bowl. Sprinkle it with Buttonwood Late Harvest Semillon. Spread the layer with yogurt. Thin the pomegranate jelly with a little Semillon and spoon over the yogurt. Dot with pomegranate seeds. Repeat layers. Top with almonds before serving.

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