Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Meal fit for Royalty

Best meal of the month tonight. Soubise nailed it! Our friend Rebecca Marie Pittock Shouldis wine savant for Ghost Hill Cellars among others, joined  my wife Linda Lawrence (my Princess) and me for a long relaxing dinner and we were treated wonderfully. We brought a bottle of '12 Gypsy Dancer Pinot Noir the Rebecca now makes and they brought out the new Zalto hand blown glasses and the Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glasses so we could taste the difference. Remarkable how much the glass shape changed the wine. The Burgundy glass was made to open and reduce the acid in a long aged wine so it ended up bringing more fruit forward, which was fine, but the finish was not as good as in the Oregon glass. They brought out a foie gras plate with quince and mushrooms for us to taste against the wines it it was just the perfect pairing. We had a fall vegetable salad with perfectly done beets, carrots, beans and more with a buttermilk dressing. I chose the pork shank paired with chorizo sausage and shrimp. Unbelievable!
Linda is a vegetarian and was pleased with the variety of the foods available to her. She had a Gnocchi that she seemed intent of finishing with a huge smile. Rebecca went for my second choice, the smoked steak.
They make everything on site so fresh and elegant is the rule. We finished with a small sample of Johan Cellars'  Drueskall Pinot Gris, an orange wine made by prolonged skin contact. We imagined sliced apricots on warmed goat cheese with this. Last was a wonderful Port, deep and red and thick with flavor.
Truly one of the finest meals I have had of late.

We felt welcomed and embraced and will soon return. Look for the Gypsy Dancer and perhaps the Ghost Hill Pinot Noir Blanc when next you visit!

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