Pech Merle Winery is located in Geyserville California. It has a fun relaxing atmosphere where you could hang out for hours.
Over the weekend my husband and I opened the 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir. It is a beautiful limited production hand-crafted wine.
The color was a brilliant cranberry, promising so much happiness in just a look. The nose was subtle spice. On the palate it’s bright plum, cherry and berry. The finish is velvet jam. Super smooth and sooooo delicious.
Witching Stick is best known for their Zinfandel, but my husband is a total Pinot Noir addict, so we pick this wine today. It is a 2012 Pinot Noir from the Cerise Vineyard in the Anderson Valley of California.
The color is a deep garnet. The nose is rose petals and jam. The palate is bright berry and subtle herb. The finish is velvet fruit. This wine is very delicious and we will be keeping our peepers open for another bottle.
Long years ago when I was first getting to know wine and my relationship to it, I tried my first taste of Cakebread. It was a Cabernet Sauvignon…. I know nothing beyond that with the exception that this wine opened my eyes to what wine should be. I was inspired to try more and be brave, because I truly had no idea that wine could be so good.
My palate and I have come a long way in getting to know wine and all the grapes that contribute to it. I have found my loves are Merlot and Champagne.
Over the weekend we opened a 2009 Cakebread Cellars Merlot. I have to say I was in heaven. The color of this wine is bright, deep plum. The nose is warm vanilla and berry juice. On the palate is strawberry and plum juice. The finish is sweet, smooth with a mild spice. This wine had been in our wine fridge for many years. I’m so glad we let this one store awhile, it was amazing. Truly a gem.
zazu kitchen is located in The Barlow. An eclectic shopping experience in Sebastopol CA. We love visiting this town, it has a small town feel with lots of extra art and hippies. So much fun to stroll thru the Barlow eating and shopping and tasting wine.
Today we stopped in at zazu for lunch. We started with a Hurricane to share, it is served in a pail and was made with rum and vodka. It had a yummy punch flavor and a nice tart finish.
Next up an order of wings. They were cooked perfectly, moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The sauce was super tasty with a tart, sweet smokey flavor.
For my main course I had to have the Black Pig Bacon Hot Link served on a pretzel bun. I am 100% positive I will order this again. The bun size is perfect and was toasted. The Dog had a nice char and crunched when bitten into, but oh so juicy on the inside. The sauce was tangy and good and the pickled onions added a nice bite.
Sadly, because every bite was so good, I ate everything leaving no room for desert. Next time.
It was a beautiful day so we decided to go for a drive and picked this beach front restaurant as our lunch stop.
All I wanted was an order of fish and chips. It was on my mind the whole drive. I had never had the fish and chips here and was nicely surprised. The Rock cod was well seasoned and cooked perfectly. It was crispy on the out side and buttery melt in your mouth inside. The sauce was classically done, no surprises. The pickle tho… that thing was killer. I truly think it was the best thing on my plate. Not knocking the Cod, it was delicious, I ate all 3 pieces. It’s just the pickle was insanely good.
For dessert the Barkeep, Sara, suggested the Chocolate/Cardamom Ice-cream. Truly I should devote a whole blog entry to this ice cream. It was the best ice cream I have ever had. The texture was silky, smooth, sexy, velvet, unbelievable. I didn’t know it could be like that! The chocolate flavor was present on the front with the spice finishing up. I highly recommend the ice cream. A+++++++++ (wink) I have already asked my husband if we could go back this weekend just for the ice cream. He said ‘we will see.’