This was a six course meal with wine pairings for each course. In reality, we had seven dishes and six wines. All of the wines were from California boutique wineries.

Upon arrival, we were directed to the bar (normally used as a bar offering excellent tapas dishes) for Hors d’oeuvres and the first wine, a 2009 B Jornstad Cellar Rose, a light sparkling wine. The Hors d’oeuvres were good, but not outstanding. There were three. One was whipped salmon on a cucumber slice, another a cheese and tomato “pizza.” I am not a sparkling wine fan. This one was okay, but I cannot pass judgement beyond that.

Cobblestone Chardonnay

Cobblestone Chardonnay

We were seated (myself and daughter Caitlin) with a delightful elderly couple who I exchanged contact information with. I’ll have them over for dinner when my wife is recovered from her surgery.

First course was grilled flounder with Tahitian fruit glaze on sweet potato nest. Presentation was beautiful. The wine was a 2007 Cobblestone Chardonnay. The sweet potato nest was actually on top and I think this course suffered from sitting too long before it was served. The flounder was a bit dry. The sweet potatos were nice and crispy. I enjoyed the Chardonnay, it is made from two Chardonnay clones: the Wente Traditional and the French ENTAV 809 in a 84% to 14% respectively. Beautiful light yellow color, fairly complex and very fruity without the sweetness. Nicely dry and slight oak aftertaste, I would buy this wine.

As an unexpected surprise, we were then served roasted butternut squash soup with creme fraiche and brown sugar glaze. My daughter said she likes my butternut squash soup better (it always runs out early on Thanksgiving) and that this was too sweet. However, I found Chef Heinz’ soup devine. I agree it was sweet and very rich, perfect in the small quantity that was served and good with the wine.

Cana Red

Cana Red

Next up was a 2007 Cana Red with green tea smoked duck over micro greens with roasted plum dressing. The wine was very nice and the duck had a perfect smoky flavor. However, the two small and very thin slices were not enough, even for a tasting menu. One slice was perfect, the other overdone. My daughter Caitlin and our tablemates were not crazy about the micro greens, however I loved them, perhaps the highlight of the dish. Tasting a little like sprout tops, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a “clean and fresh” tasting “salad.” The Canna Red was excellent. This vintage recieved a 92 rating and Gold Medal at the World Wine Championships. It is quite a mixture, consisting of combines Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Malbec, Carigagne, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Cao, and Viognier.

Then we were served a veal shank osso buco with Asiago risotto with a 2007 Slingshot Cabernet Sauvignon wine. This wine was the best of the evening and the veal shank and marrow were wonderful. The risotto was not worth eating, unfortunately, it didn’t even look or taste anything like risotto. The wine has distinct oak overtones, beautiful deep red color, and very earthy and smooth. Not a wimpy wine.

Anna Merlot

Anna Merlot

Last savory course was stuffed leg of lamb, roasted Yukon potatos and root vegetables with a 2007 Anna Merlot. I have to admit I’ve had better lamb and couldn’t tell that this was stuffed with anything. The root vegetables, slices of turnip, rutabega and beet were interesting. I did like the wine. It was assertive with nicely balanced acidity. Not the best merlot I’ve ever had, but quite good.

Dessert was caramelized red apple and pear tartlet with whipped Stilton cream paired with Apollini Late Harvest Viognier. The dessert was absolutely amazing, one of the best I can remember. The tart pastry was perfect and the whipped Stilton was incredible with the apple and pear. This was a home run. The wine was very sweet, as dessert wines are and, if you like dessert wine, this is a good one.


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