Monday, August 21, 2017

Magical Mystery Tour                August 19th

The Wine Road Magical Mystery Tour had it's first trip in early 2016 with huge success. We agreed to sign up in August 2017 for the Russian River tour.

As a small producer, 20 people is a lot for us to entertain during regular business hours. So we agreed to host the group if we could be the 1st stop, 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The group gets on a small luxury tour bus with a full day of four unknown stops, all serving 4 wines and special treats.

We decided to do a 'Breakfast of Champions' starting with our Brut Rose' paired with deviled egg and caviar on brioche. At 10:00 a.m., breakfast is essential.

2014 Chardonnay is a beautiful balance of fruit, acidity and oak which does well with salmon. Second bite of the breakfast, a smoked salmon frittata from Bia Cafe.
A great pairing of richness and textures.

Next up - mini bacon scones from our neighborhood Bia Cafe' to pair with RRV Pinot.  Pinot with breakfast needs some bacon. These mini scones were a perfect bite and the Pinot cut through the buttery component well.


 One of our favorite special occasion brunch items, we often have Christmas or New Years Day, Dirty Rice with poached eggs. This was a great ending with our 2015 Cab Franc. The wine is not too heavy as it is unoaked with a fresh fruit profile. The Spicy dish was perfect too complete of breakfast of champions


 I believe we started this group off right for their tour of the Russian River Valley. A little Brut Rose', Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cab Franc. Good food in their belly and a buzz in their foot step.

July 29, 2017

Dress For A Cure Auction Dinner

As a conversation build up for our May Fundraiser at the Tasting Room, we had the two big ticket items for the Auction on display. This was intended to draw early bidders and interest, which it did. The winning bids had been sussing them out for the weeks leading up to the bidding event.

#1, A Restoration Hardware Dining Room Table with an extension, would seat up to twelve. #2, A PMV Winemaker Dinner for 6 prepared by Mat Gustafson and served by Sommelier Barb Gustafson.

The table was picked up in June by it's new owner and the Dinner was scheduled for our only available Saturday in July, the 29th.

The Hosts of the Dinner chose to celebrate a recent Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary with a group of friends at their home in Occidental. The menu requested was favorite dishes of Paul Mathew Vineyards and pairings. Thus a plan was set.

Our 2013 Brut Rose' with Tomato Bruschetta started the evening. Using our favorite Nightengale Baguette crostini and local heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil. When tomato season starts, we take advantage. A scrumptious start and Sparkling wine is a perfect way to toast to life.

 2016 Gewurztraminer paired with Mat's favorite Tuna Ceviche recipe with crispy won tons.
Tuna is combined with avocado, ginger, wasabi, tomato, never seizes to impress people.

 Liberty Duck Confit with Black Trumpet Risotto paired with 2010 TNT Vineyard Pinot magnum.
     Black trumpets from the past winter foraging season are such a great pairing with Pinot.

             Fabino Baking offered an incredible orange chiffon cake that completed the evening!


A great evening that reflected back to the reason we were all in attendance and how we all must continue to do what we can to help the less fortunate. Make our world a little less troubled and celebrate each day with what makes us feel good. Surrounding ourselves with good people and great food and wine.