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Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Wine and Food Orgy - Day 1


We spent an enjoyable weekend with cousins Lenny and Debbie in Healdsburg. They invited us to join them for the annual "Tasting Along the Wine Road - A Wine & Food Affair."  The annual event attracts a wide range of Sonoma and Mendocino wineries pairing gourmet food and wine samples for roving bands of foodies, oenophiles and drunk millennials. There are far more wineries participating than it is possible to visit, but we gave it the old college try.


The cookbook included with the event is the bible we used to plan our two day assault.  IMHO the cookbook alone is worth the price of admission. Lenny is the official photographer for all locations / wineries listed in the cookbook so we were well armed with inside information.


Friday evening we poured over the book and, assisted by their dog Sasha, planned the campaign over a few glasses of J Brut Rose'. There is no way to adequately chronicle the sights, drinks and food we enjoyed, so I'll just post a selection of pictures with a few comments as best as I can recall. In an attempt to adequately document the experience I tried to take shots of the food samples matched with the appropriate page from the cookbook. Whether this is best described as a Wine and Food "Affair" or "Orgy" or simply gratuitous "Food Porn", I'll leave to the reader to decide.


DAY 1
Vineyard
Mushroom bread pudding at Alderbrook Winery
Pot Roast at Pech Merle Winery
Chocolate decadence brownie at Mill Creek Vineyard
Contrary to appearances, I am not yet drunk

 Peach cobbler at J. Rickards and pork ragu pasta at Geyser Peak

Chiffon cupcake at Pedroncelli Winery
Shrimp with inflated wild rice at Route 128 Winery
Porchetta Italian street food in the Locals Tasting Room
Dry rub ribs at Mercury Winery
Geyserville
Rosemary & bacon beef stew at Delorimier Winery

Starlight Vineyard
Mediterranean lamb spear at Starlight Vineyard
Starlight Vineyard sculpture
Pork chili at Soda Rock Winery
Lenny catching up with friends at Soda Rock
Believe it or not, we still went out for a fine dinner to cap the day -  Catelli's in Geyserville.


The baratta, prosciutto, arugula appetizer was just too good, and I also enjoyed the rabbit cacciatore for the main course.


I am obviously unable to show any more restraint with the photos on this blog post than I was indulging in the food and wine over the weekend.

Day 2 continued on next post.

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