Vino: Going to the Chapel, Part Two

Vino: Going to the Chapel, Part Two

Sep 13, 2007

3 Days Until The Big Day!

We are settled on the Mendocino Coast, whose stunning beauty erases wedding stress and puts our minds at ease.

As mentioned last Thursday we are embracing locality with this wedding. Fortunately the Anderson Valley is home to many wonderful wineries, so we had a bounty to choose from. Plus we have the fabulous Café Beaujolais, a pioneer of local and organic cooking, catering our meal. We are very lucky!

After our passed hor d'ouerves and Roederer Estate Brut NV Champagne Course, we will be sitting down to dinner. The first course of a baby spinach salad topped with baked chevre and Niman Ranch bacon will be served with the Yorkville Cellars Rose, a clean, fresh, dry refreshing saign'e of Cabernet Franc. Yorkville Cellars is family-owned and certified organic.

The entrees, served family style are Roasted Niman Ranch Filet with Heirloom Tomato Jus Lie and Steamed Alaskan Halibut with Saffron Fumet and Crustacean Butter. They will be paired with a medley of sides: Wild Golden Chanterelle Mushroom-Potato Gratin, Beaujolais Herb Gnocchi & an Organic Summer Squash Risotto. With these dishes, I have chosen three wines: Lazy Creek Gewurztraminer, Navarro Vineyards Method ' la Ancienne Pinot Noir and Monte Volpe Rosso.

Anderson Valley is home to delicious white wines, especially Gewurztraminer (guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-ner). The Lazy Creek Gewurztraminer is flamboyantly aromatic with hints of rose hips and passion fruit followed by refreshing acidity.

Navarro Vineyards is wonderful local winery committed to sustainable farming. They produce three different pinot noirs, we chose the Methode ' la Ancienne, an outstanding example of Anderson Valley's pinot noir growing capabilities; luscious ripe cherry fruit with playful acidity.

Finally, as a heavier alternative we are offering the Monte Volpe Rosso blend. This is a blend of Italian varietals, and is rich, full and ripe with hearty tannins that will pair well with the steak. The Rosso is part of the Graziano family of wines. The Grazianos immigrated to the Anderson Valley from Italy in 1918 and immediately planted grapes.

Our guests will get to choose between the wines, deciding for themselves what they want to drink. Indeed it will be a Bacchanalian feast!

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