Saturday, May 27, 2017

One week in May                                                May 18, 2017

A Cab Franc Wine Dinner at Harvest Moon Cafe

A few montths ago when I was tasting with Glenda, the Somm at Harvest Moon, we were talking ' Cab Franc '. We were discussing what a great varietal it is and the foods that pair with it. Glenda was in the midst of organizing one of the few Wine Dinners Harvest Moon Café does. This one is all Cab Franc...

Here it is, four courses and five Cab Franc's. 2 Cali wines and 3 French, 2 Chinon and a Cremant. How fun is that!

First up endive filled with seafood / scallop sauce. My favorite dish and paired with the Cab Franc Cremant, very nice. On a warmer than usual late Spring evening, this was perfect!

Our 2015 Cab Franc next paired with charred octopus, loved this pairing. Seaside Metal Restaurant in Guerneville has a charred octopus on the menu that we have loved for years. They will recommend  it paired with our Cab Franc. The char is definitely a good part of the pairing
Two Chinon's were paired next with a roast venison dish, Mat enjoyed this dish. The Chinon's were great both from 2015 vintage. My photo did not do this dish justice.

Next was Lang and Reed Cab Franc from 2013 paired with lamb and potato moussaka. I love our Cab Franc with my moussaka. Both the wine and the food were very different styles from ours, all good. But, I prefer mine and ours.

Our Spring Club Party, all about the summer whites and a couple great Pinot's.

              2016 Rose' of Pinot and 2016 Gewurztraminer  / 2014 TNT Vineyard and 2015 RRV Pinot

Our Oyster guy, hogwash mignonette and Rose' of Pinot. When we only make 65 cases of Rose', it goes only to Wine Club. On a hot day in May it is perfect.
When we pour our Gewurz, people get it, especially when it's paired with Mat's tune ceviche recipe ( on our web site ). This is what I call a perfect pairing. Yum.

The 2 Pinot's for Spring Wine Club are both young, tasting incredible and really fun to pair with this Charles Phan recipe. Fun wines, fun food. The 2015 RRV Pinot is just the beginning of our tiny 2015 vintage production. it was so popular and with only 125 cases, not sure how many non wine club people will even try it.

Visiting Ruxton Vineyard

Around 6:30 am as the sun is rising, A pink reflection off the fog bank. Checking out the just finished flowering vineyard.

                                             A little later in the morning, fog still around
The flowering is mostly done in this vineyard, our warmest site being above the fog on a typical day. Now the grape clusters will begin to form.

With May almost behind us and a large array of events, we look forward to SUP, kayaking and golf.
A little break and a chance to breath, smell the flowers and sip on summer wines.


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