Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hobo Wine Dinner at DBA Barbecue

Okay, y'all need to bear with me. I'm blogging after a flight of six wines, so I may make a couple of oopsies along the way. I promise to make corrections (if needed), when I'm sober--if that ever happens.

Tonight, my bestie, Carol and I, participated Hobo Wine Dinner, a five course wine pairing barbecue extravaganza at DBA Barbecue in conjunction with B & L Brands (Bobby & Lisa) and Herb at Decatur Package Store. I must admit, I haven't had barbecue this tasty in a very long time, actually EVER. OMG, I don't know if I'm drunk from the wine or from the sweet aroma and succulence of the barbecue and grilled creamed corn. The event began at 6:30 and we left at 10:30. Does that tell you what a great time we had?? If bestie didn't have to go to work, we would probably still be there on the patio having a fantastic time with our wonderful tablemates. Oh yeah, I didn't mention that the shindig was family style AND that we had the bestest table of the entire lot!!

Okay, now back to the task as hand. We arrived shortly before 6:30 and indulged in appetizers of boiled peanuts and fried jalapenos paired with Banyan Gewurztraminer Monterey County and chatted with Patrick of Atlantic Wine, Inc. , who by the end of the night became my new best friend. The apps and wine were a fantastic starter for dinner. We had time to mix and mingle with the brave souls who decided to be hobos for the evening. After about 30-45 minutes, we sat down for dinner on the patio and the weather (and music) couldn't have been more perfect for the evening. Luckily for Carol and me, we chose to sit at the middle table and we couldn't have made a better choice. To my left was Mr. Upstate New York, who's mother lives on Daufuskie Island. If you know anything about Daufuski Island, you'll understand why I immediately fell in love with him--it also didn't hurt that he was kinda hot too. But he wasn't the only hottie in the group, to my right at the next table (but within reach) was the equally hot, Herb. So pair two hotties with six wines on a nice balmy evening and you get a tipsy girl surrounded by two dead ends--they're married men...but hey, a girl can have delusions of grandeur, can't she? They were both perfect gentlemen and great dinner buds and they each had a great sense of humor.

Now on to course two, Bacon Wrapped BBQ Shrimp and Red Onion Coleslaw paired with Bunyan Riesling Santa Lucia Highlands. Let me stop now and SCREAM...the shrimpies were OUTSTANDING. I could have eaten three DOZEN of those suckers, but I quietly settled for the three that were served.

Course three paired Smoked Wings with Folk Machine Pinot Noir Central Coast (my favorite of the evening and I'm NOT a red wine lover). The wings had just the right amount of smokiness and were cooked to perfection. Sauce was absolutely unnecessary, as I think it would have interfered with the wonderful taste of the wings. If you're still counting, I've completed three glasses of wine and we're only halfway through the meal. Carol has been loopy since before we sat down for the shrimp, so you can imagine how loopy she is after two more wine flights.

None of this stopped us from engaging in course number four, which turned out to be the beginning of a meat lovers extravaganza. Pulled Pork & Baby Back Ribs were brought out TWO wines...OMG can you say wine whore??? We indulged in Hobo Alexander Valley Cabernet & Hobo Dry Creek Zinfandel ((I'm running out of link-searching patience, so go to their Facebook page) and this is the moment where it tends to get a little fuzzy. I faintly remember the sides of Baked Beans, Potato Salad & Mac and Cheese, but in my fuzzy haze, I CLEARLY remember the oh so delicious Grilled Texas Creamed Corn. Let me tell y'all--this is the best cream corn I've eaten in my country bumpkin life. I decided on the spot, that when I return to DBA, the only side I'm ordering is the corn. Yes ma'am (and sir) it's THAT good.

Now as if we hadn't eaten enough for a small army, out comes course number five, which consisted of Brisket and Spare Ribs paired with YET ANOTHER WINE--Hobo Rockpile Zinfandel. It was at this moment that many of us simply gave up. We couldn't eat another bite, but not greedy ole me, I had to taste it all. The brisket had to be the most tender brisket is the whole entire world and the ribs scrumptious. We all kinda sorta kicked back because we knew dessert was coming. Thankfully, we had a little lull to compose ourselves in preparation for our sweet treat.

Our sixth and final course was S'mores and not just any ole S'mores, the warmest, gooey-est, let- it-drip-down-your-chinny-est S'mores of all time. We all agreed that these were the best Smores known to mankind.

Tonight was an experience for my little history book...a great night of turning strangers into friends and simply enjoying the company of others.

If you're in the metro Atlanta area or happen to drop in for a visit, please, please, please pay Matt at visit at DBA Barbecue. If you're interested in purchasing fantastic wines, stop in and see Herb at Decatur Package Store. Also, if you're interesting is hosting a wine tasting event, please contact Bobby or Lisa at B & L Brands. I must mention my new best friend Patrick--it is my understanding that we would have been drinking out of the bottles were it not for his generous donation of wine glasses for the event.

It's Wednesday morning (12:40AM) and I'm exhausted (and a little drunkish)--I started this blog around 11:30, but got a little sidetracked along the way.

I hope you enjoyed this extremely candid review and that you'll join me in supporting these fantastic hometown businesses.

Sheila Denise

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