The wine featured on this night was Demetria Winery of Santa Barbara. Truxton's Sommeliers worked seamlessly to pair food that showcased this wine like I'd never tasted before. I've traveled up the coast on several occasions and in the past hadn't been a fan of Santa Barbara Wines. After this night, I am now a fan. This night shows me that rarely is there a bad glass of wine, it is just a wine that has to be paired with the right foods and moods. With that in mind a skeptic like me can be enlightened.
First Course: Lobster, Fava Bean and Frisee Salad with Truffle Yuzu Vinaigrette served in a steep Martini Glass
This Chardonnay was buttery, smooth and reminiscent of an unoaked Varietal that gave a superb Orvieto a run for its money when pairing with seafood. Notes of honeyed pears, orange blossom and marmalade with nuances of vanilla and lemon curd. It mellowed the sharpness that shadows Frisee Salad.
The Second Course: Spicy Red Curry Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass and Opal Basil. The Lemongrass and Basil was the star of this dish, with the chicken skewers left a little dry and in need of a little more curry intensity. However, the Cuvee Papou, 09 a blend of Marsanne and Grenache Blanc, pale, lemon-straw colored with aromas of peach, wet stone and melon and dry excited the skewers to come alive. I tasted bright citrus, green apple and minerally components in this complex and flavorful wine. It was crisp and refreshing.
|Cuvee Papou 09|
Fourth Course: Rotisserie Lamb Sandwich, with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic Rosemary Spread. By now, I said my fav restaurant is trying to hurt me. And hurt me well, they did. I love lamb but to present it as with the accessible fun of a Roast Beef Sandwich and then pair it with a Syrah, this my friends was the business. I am not a Syrah fan, a little too peppery & leathery for me, however if you are a lover of Syrah, this one rivals our Argentinian counterparts. "North Slope" '08 Hints of black cherry, leather and dark chocolate. This wine has your tongue to endure a long even finish.
Final Course: Wagyu Beef Slider with Fig Jam, Cambezola Cheese and Arugula In the immortal words of Prince...Baby, you're a Star!!!!!!!!! This dish accompanied the Bell of The Ball...Cuvee Constantine, '08. A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah which captivate aromas of lavender, violet, allspice and kirsch. Herbs, white pepper and licorice round out this formidable treat with just hints of bittersweet chocolate and dried fruits. A sure winner to impress a complex Syrah/Shiraz lover.
|Cuvee Constantine '08|
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