Wine dinner in action

Wine and Food Pairing 101 – Focus on California

Our next wine and food pairing event will take place on Thursday, May 24 from 7:00 to 9:00, and this time we’ll be pairing the bright and fresh flavors of California fusion cuisine with some outrageously good wines from the Golden State.  Les and Barb Norman will be our chefs de cuisine again, and we’ve teamed up to create an adventurous and delicious menu of small plates and wines.

If you’ve never been to one of these events at the store, it’s quite a unique experience as the store is transformed into a restaurant of sorts.  With our movable wine racks, we are able to “upfit” the store with tables and chairs and we provide full table service – that means we serve you each plate with each wine.  I  talk briefly about each course and each wine and why I feel they work together.  At the end of the night, you will leave full, happy and more educated about the way that wine and food compliment one another.

Take a look at the menu and call us quickly at 828.505.8588 to reserve your spot – we had 8 folks on the waiting list last time!  The cost for the event is $60 per person or $50 if you’re a Grape Nut, and the price is all inclusive.

1. Roasted Zucchini Stack
with Ricotta and Zucchini Pesto
Paired with Elyse L’Ingenué (Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier Blend)

2. Yellow Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
With Jumbo Lump Crab Salad
Paired with Breggo Cellars Pinot Gris 

3. Mushroom Bread Pudding
Flavored with Truffle Oil
Paired with Calera Pinot Noir

4. Red Wine Braised Chicken
With Black Rice and Glazed Carrots
Paired with Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate”

5. Barb’s Strawberry Shortcake
With Almond Shortbread and Basil/Lime Syrup
Paired with White Knight Moscato

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