melini_new_issasi.jpg We were all set to write about the 2002 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon this week - to tell you about the rich fruit and the velvet texture of the wine. But then we made a pit stop in Brooklyn last night, Park Slope to be exact, and writing about just one wine didn’t seem like enough. What happened in Brooklyn was the birth of a new tradition for Gothamist. While this tradition is not groundbreaking or some novel idea that took weeks to conceive – ask anyone who was a part of it, and they will tell you how special it was.

Starting last night, a group of eight got together to share great food and amazing wine – or maybe it was the other way around (we could never say). The theme was Latin America meets Italia – which resulted in a menu of Roast Pork with Vidalia Onion Au Jus, Risotto and Plantains paired with a 2002 Las Moras Reserva Malbec from Argentina and a 2000 Melini Chianti Classico (see wine notes below).

While it was certainly one of the most eclectic meals we’ve had, it represented a little of everybody in the room. There was something so comforting about a homemade meal (truly a luxury in the city) paired with great wine and shared over exciting conversation. At the beginning of the night – Gothamist really only new one person of the eight, but by the end of the night we had gained new friends, perhaps a pound or two (damn you triple leche cake!) and membership to the Park Slope Supper Club (PSSC).

Before leaving that night, we decided on the next theme and what items we would bring. We squeezed in one game of charades (we're blaming that one on the wine – but admit it, who doesn’t love a good game of drunken charades) and headed back to the city. The ride home was filled with excitement and anticipation for the next meeting of the PSSC. It looks like Sunday may now be the new Thursday.

2002 Las Moras Reserva Malbec, $14
This medium bodied red wine was bursting with red fruit – cherries and raspberries to name a few. The wine stood up nicely to most of the tapas creating a nice balance to some of the more spicy foods.

2000 Melini Chianiti Classico, $18
This Chianti is responsible for making a great meal...unbelievable. The balance of raspberry fruit and subltle spices brought out the sweetness of the plantains, cut through the risotto and accented the herbs on the pork roast. This wine truly brought the meal together.