August 24th, 2013
Freestone Ranch Foodie Seminar
Last weekend we hosted our August Foodie Seminar with Susan Brady, female rancher @ Freestone Ranch.
Our beef focused evening was a culinary treat. We focused mostly on red wines although the Rose of Pinot shows well with a few of the dishes. The following will explain the prepared foods and favorite pairings of the evening.
We started with an amuse bouche beef broth, this was to get the taste buds prepped for the many coming beef dishes.
Carpaccio ( beef filet ) - we had a 3 way split of favorites:
2012 Rose' of Pinot / 2010 TNT Vineyard Pinot Noir / 2012 Cab Franc
Meatballs ( Joy of cooking recipe ) - 2012 Cab Franc won 1st place followed
2nd - 2010 TNT Vineyard Pinot Noir and 3rd 2010 RRV Pinot
Short Ribs ( Adhoc cook book ) - One of Mat's favorite foods to cook and fun to pair. We had a tie
for best pairing: 2010 RRV Pinot & 2012 Cab Franc
Rib eye Grilled with salt & pepper - The winning wine was 2010 RRV Pinot
In 2nd place was a 50/50 tie between 2012 Cab Franc / 2010 TNT Pinot
Beef Jerky ( Charles Phan cook book ) - We had a 50/50 tie between the 2 Pinot's although Mat
really likes the 2012 Rose of Pinot with this beef preparation and surprising that the Cab
Franc was not well matched.
All in all another fun evening of Food & Wine.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
August 15, 2013
Busy days here in Sonoma:
Started the month off in Traverse City, MI visiting family. Snuck in a little wine tasting
which was thoroughly enjoyable & different from Sonoma ( came back with a mixed case of
Riesling, Pinot Gris & Cab Franc ). Viewed some beautiful sunflower fields, kayaked the Platt
River, and got a little Horseshoeing in. All round great trip!
Now it's back to bottling & checking up on vineyards. Veraison is pretty much complete so,
the count down begins.