We started talking about doing a winemaker dinner with pairings from wood-fired food masters Ember and Vine (also known as Sean Martin and Mary Cressler) a couple of years ago, not long after they created a special pairing at our first anniversary Memorial Day open house. Last August, we all agreed the time had come to get a date on the calendar. That date was Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Mary, a sommelier, and Sean, pit-master, came over earlier this year to taste through the wines and make some pairing suggestions (which we readily approved because they know their stuff and we’ve had their cooking, so we knew it would be amazing no matter what they come up with). Ultimately, our menu looked like this:
Smoked Roasted Almonds with Jacobsen Salt and Citrus Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers | Paired with 2017 Rhapsody Pinot Blanc
Grilled Golden Beet Salad with Bacon, Rosé Infused Dried Cranberries and Shaved Parmesan | Paired with 2017 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir
Herb Smoked Anderson Family Farm Lamb Lollipop with Aged Balsamic Glaze | Paired with 2015 Villanelle Tonnelier Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
Reverse-Seared NY Strip with Parsnip Puree, Candied Carrots and Savory Herb Granola | Paired with 2015 Titan Pinot Noir
Estate-Made Gluten-Free Grape Crisp with Smoky Whipped Cream | Paired with 2016 Firebird Syrah
Here’s a few photos from the event.
By popular demand of all who attended, we’ve already booked Ember and Vine to return next year for another Winemaker Dinner. As with this event, attendance will be limited to 30 total, so stay tuned for details and the finalized date.