Last week we helped out with a wine tasting that featured moderately priced wines from California’s central coast region, chosen by Tom Saunderson of Young’s Columbia. As usual, it was a great selection – there really was something for everyone.
There were wines from three different areas (not in order of serving):
- Jekel Vineyards Riesling – I’m not usually a big riesling fan, but this was clean and beautifully balanced. Yummy.
- Carmel Road Vineyards Pinot Noir – good pinot for a decent price.
San Luis Obispo County
- Eos Vineyards Chardonnay – a big, oaky California chard, but without that syrupy mouthfeel they sometimes get. Good.
- Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon – always a favorite. Just a nice big fruity cab.
Santa Barbara County
- Taz Vineyards Pinot Gris – good, but I’d probably appreciate it more in summer.
- Curtis Winery Heritage Cuvee, red blend – this was really nice. Great with the steak and onions plate (see below).
There was plenty of food at this tasting. The first course was triangles of moist dark rye bread spread with a mixture of cream cheese, gouda, butter, parsley, cilantro, raw garlic, paprika, lemon juice and salt – accompanied by little pastry cups with brie and fig sauce. Fantastic with the riesling.
And finally! Instead of dessert, a plate of savory nibbles: a mushroom stuffed with cheese, bacon and spinach, puff pastry pinwheels stuffed with pepperoni and mustard, and a dried apricot topped with cheese and a pecan.
And of course, the dishwasher broke and we ended up washing something like 120 plates, 30 water glasses and 30 wine glasses mostly by hand. Good thing the food and wine were good!