Once stepping off the bus we are greeted by winery staff, given a glass for the tasting portion of the afternoon that was filled with festive colorful beads to wear. We were also handed a menu for the tasting and what wines were being poured at what stations. They also had two barrel tastings available as well which I always enjoy. There was also wines in a silet auction you coud bid on.
Verona and Bill up front and some of our other friends in the background reciving their glasses and beads.
Rose and her daughter Fran.
The juggler took to David and followed us around a lot and kept David entertained. While we were tasting wines butler passed appetizers circulated. A few of the choices were white bean, truffle with bacon bruschetta, apple sauge wrapped in puff pastry, smoked salmon, fried calamari, seafood and cheese mini quiches as well as spinach and cheese and carmalized onion and cheese mini calzone. There were many more which escape me at the moment. It was such a beautiful day in Kenwood, warm but not too hot, with a gentle breeze. We enjoyed chatting, meeting new people, and seeing some members we have met before and catching up with them. It was also nice seeing Henry;s wife again. She came over to me to talk about what fun Gabriella had at our house for the tasting we had a few weeks ago and how she still t alks about it and little Steven. Gabriella was having a blast yesterday with her little sister too.
The pig dressed and ready to be carved. Isn't it scrumptious looking?!
We were entertained by this comedian duo after being seated for lunch. They were quiye funny. The guy thought Bill looks like Wilford Brimley and came around often to tease him and joke around.
Bill and David got a big kick out of them, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves as well.
After being individually served a salad course of Insalata Romana (Caesar Salad) paired with the 2007 Gabriella Ranch Chardonnay, and a pasta course of Pasta con Pollo e Carciofi (Homemade Artichoke and Chicken Pasta) paired with the 2006 El Dorado Syrah the main course was served family style in platters on the table. Dom volunteered to serve each of us. Along with the spit roasted pork there was a good green bean salad with mushrooms and roasted red peppers dressed with a light vinaigrette. The pork melted in your mouth and the salad was fresh as well as refreshing on a warm afternoon.
My long-time friend Cathy on the left and me on the right. Following the entree we were again served individually a to-die-for piece of Torta al Gelato (LAdy Fingers with Choclate Hazelnut Ice Cream Cake) paired with the 2005 Baci di Famiglia Chardonnay Port. The food was once again prepared by Maria Belmonte, the Excutive Chef at VJB and also Henry's mother. She is an incredible chef and used to have a restaurant in Santa Rose called Il Protofino. It was a popular restaurant.
A full and content David.
A happy Fran.
Verona and Paulette in a serious dicussion.