Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend a barrel sample Fall Release Preview Picnic at the Bedrock Vineyard in Sonoma. A typical beautiful Sonoma County day with temps hovering in the low 90's. We were treated with a great selection of food and wines. The invitation encouraged us to bring something we wanted to share so lots of other interesting wines were sampled as well.
Chef Yann Nury flew out from New York and performed his culinary magic.
Plus a few of us brought some other bottles to share...
I really enjoyed this one. Perfect on a hot day.
Who said California Sparklers don't age?
2010 Lulu vs Lulu
Only 1 barrel of this was made, only 150 bottles distributed. This will be awesome in about 5 or six years.
Who said Zinfandels don't age? This was fabulous.
Under the radar.
All in a great setting...
Vacations are over-rated! Especially if you are not on one. ;)
(I hope all my pictures are upright)
No vacation but I make the most of my weekends
- Reply by gregt, Jun 24, 2013.
Surprise - they're not.
Good time though.
But I have to wonder - morels served with truffle sauce??
". . .to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow. . ."
- Reply by JonDerry, Jun 24, 2013.
There's always splice in living right there in vacation country. Sounds like quite an event.
- Reply by outthere, Jun 25, 2013.
He's the French chef, not me. Was delicious nonetheless. The stars were the Lamb Belly, Artichoke Confit and the Oysters w/Caviar.
- Reply by EMark, Jun 25, 2013.
I was on "vacation" (How does one take a vacation from retirement?), and I'm still jealous, OT.
It is because of that green-eyed monster, that I am joining GregT in piling on the menu designer. Believe me, Mrs. EMark would never consider Truffle Sauce on Morels. Also, though, there are Morels in the Pea Soup. Then, Truffles are repeated with the lamb. Then, Caviar (seafood) is added to Oysters (seafood). She would have a fit.
Maybe she is not up-to-date on the latest culinary trends. I have to say, though, it does make shopping easier.
Yes, again, I am jealous.
Mrs. EMark's weekend menu:
Friday, June 21
Grilled Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Turkey, Bacon, Cheese & Honey Mustard Sanwiches
Veggies & Dip
Tri Tip Sandwiches on Toasted Buttered Rolls
Horseradish Sauce, Mayo, Mustard, Pickles
Sweet Mustard Cole Slaw
Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad
Hauler-Made Peanut Butter Cups
Philly Cheesesteak Eggrolls
Saturday, July 22
Grilled Frosted Flake PBJ Strawberry Sandwich
Sonoran-Style Sausage Sandwiches on Toasted Buttered Rolls
Hot & Spicy or Pineapple Bacon Sausage
Home-Made Salsa Verde
Shredded Lettuce, Shredded Cheese, Salsa, Avocado Slices, Lime Wedges
Spicy Secret Sauce (Mayo, Tabasco, Lemon Juice)
Home -Made Lemon Bars
Sunday, June 23
Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Veggie & Dip
Snack Platter with Meat, Cheese, Grapes, Watermelon, Pineapple
Rosemary Lemon Chicken Breast
Pizza Margarita (Tomatoes, Basil, Mozzarella)
Oreo Cheesecake Cups
Race Snacks – TBD
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to serve wine in the garage.
The team finished 7th in the race. A lot of disappointment in that result. Several people asked when we would next join them for a race. They were, then again, disappointed when we told them Phoenix in November.
- Reply by outthere, Jun 25, 2013.
Yeah, I guess I should have told them to hold the Caviar. ;) What a waste.
Tell the Mrs she can come make me Monte Cristos for breakfast anytime!
- Reply by EMark, Jun 26, 2013.
They are pretty good. :-)
- Reply by jtryka, Jul 6, 2013.
Sounds like a non-vacation that matches up well with my vacation!