Wine Discovery Dinner Profile: Gary Farrell Russian River and Tuck Beckstoffer Heritage Napa Valley Collections

Thank you all for joining us Wednesday, Feb. 26 for the kick off to the 2014 monthly Wine Discovery Dinners. February featured Gary Farrell Russian River and Tuck Beckstoffer Heritage Napa Valley collections.

The menu and the wines pulled together beautifully, starting with a tasting of two soups, Lobster Chowder and Sunchoke Puree.

The Amuse was paired with the Est. 75 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 that tasted of summer with its key lime, fig and canary melon flavors that finished crisply.

The steamed shrimp and lump crab featuring Tommy’s clams, spicy chorizo, white beans, crispy kale and fingerling potato salad was served alongside Gary Farrell’s 2011 Chardonnay, that’s tasting notes describe it as “enticing aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle and lemongrass with a rich creamy texture” and exceptional intensity.

Gary Farrell’s 2011 Pinot Noir measured up and paired well with Waypoint’s 24-hour braised veal cheek with smoked oyster mushrooms and Edwards pepper bacon, butternut sweet potato puree and ginger carrots “wichy.” The Pinot Noir is the most finicky of all the grapes and the popularity of this wine during the evening showcased the exceptional wine making of Gary Farrell.

Guests sipped a Melee 2011 from Tuck Beckstoffer – a modern style California Grenache that oozed with passion and varietal flavor – with their spice rubbed and slow roasted Berkshire pork prime rib with a winter vegetables melee and bourbon chipotle sauce.

A slice of heaven rounded out the evening. Literally. Chef Krystal’s rich, chocolate “slice of heaven” with raspberries and puree was paired with the Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, a wine described as “rich and ripe with blackberry, cherry fruit and milk chocolate notes.”

Missed the February event? Reserve your space now – 757.220.2228 – for the March, April or May dinners. Limited seating. $90 per person.

March 19 will feature the famed Elyse Vineyard collection. Elyse wines have one of the most consistent reputations of excellence.

April 23 we sample the exceptional wines of the Hall Vineyards. Hall Wines consistently reach some of the wine industry’s highest ratings.

May 28 we’ll discover Oregon and present Adlesheim, the Willamette Valley powerhouse wines and varieties on which the Oregon wine industry was founded.

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