Wine Pairings at Farm to Peak Dinner, mid-mountain Homewood, are Well Selected

130 lucky guests
What a glorious place to learn about good wine!  The middle of the mountain at Homewood is the location of West Shore Café’s new dinner series, Farm to Peak.  The early July event featured wines selected by Jeni Brill, Food and Beverage Manager,  West Shore Café.  She did a fine job, first selecting the varietials that would pair with the dishes prepared by guest Chef Breana Greene, and then Jeni selecting the wineries.   This is a very intelligent way to prepare for a wine-dine experience, and all of the wines were perfect pairings that did not overwhelm the foods. 

View from mid-mountain,
The next event is August 31, and no doubt there will be more in 2014.  You are in for a great treat if you go.

Murrieta’s Well 2012 The Whip was a great pairing for the charcuterie platter.  Located in Livermore Valley, Murrieta’s Well vineyards were originally planted in 1883 with vineyard cuttings from two very famous French wineries, Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux.    The Whip is a great white blend that uses many aromatic and flavorful varieties:  Chardonnay predominates, followed by Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and then Orange Muscat, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Semillon and Muscat Canelli.  It’s a full-bodied wine with aroma and flavor of white peach, vanilla, butterscotch and orange blossom.   13 percent alcohol.

Paul Dolan Chardonnay
Paul Dolan’s 2011 Chardonnay is a classic Mendocino County Chardonnay, perfect with the beet salad.  Like all Paul Dolan wines, it is certified organic.  It’s an elegant wine that’s a blend of Mendocino grapes from the cool-sites of the northern benchlands and lush warmer-site fruit from Hopland.  The brightness of the fruit shows through, and the flavors are of ripe pear, crisp apple, and winter citrus fruit, with a creamy vanilla spice that adds to the smooth mouthfeel.  13.5 percent alcohol.

Joseph Phelps 2011 Pinot Noir from Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma, was delicious with the duck confit.  This was my personal favorite pairing of the event.  Wonderful aroma of cherry, currant and sweet spices with a rich and full mouth feel of flavors of concentrated raspberry, cherry, allspice and vanilla.  Freestone Vineyards also produce grapes with a characteristic tangerine peel flavor, and it’s here in this wine!  A great Pinot Noir at a reasonable alcohol level:  13.5 percent.  Bravo!

Muscato di Asti
A perfect end to the meal, a Muscato!  The Batasiolo 2010 Muscato di Asti is produced on the Beni di Boscareto estate in the village of Serralunga d’Alba, at the western limit of the Asti region .   This delicious straw-yellow-golden wine has a sweetly soft flavor that lingers, and enhanced the rosemary panna cotta dessert.  5.5 percent alcohol.

For more information on the Farm to Peak series, contact West Shore Café at 5160 West Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA , tel 530-584-6840

Dusk at Lake Tahoe's West Side,
at end of Farm to Peak event

This information first appeared in The Tahoe Weekly newspaper, where I write the Wine Time column, in August 2013

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