I dated this guy who was really into wine. The relationship didn't work out, but I still love wine. Autumn is a great time to visit a vineyard. I would like to do this in late September or Mid-October, to celebrate the end of the harvest and possibly a last warm night on the patio. The theme is "Napa Valley" - one of the top wine growing regions in the world.
California or Oregon wines matched perfectly with food. Start with light/white & move to red/full bodies.
Here are the "Big 8" Caliofrnia Wines White: Pinot Gris/Grigio, Chardonnay, Reisling, Cabernet Blanc...maybe substitute a "White" Zinfandel for the Cabernet Blanc Red: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignion, and Syrah/Shiraz
There might be guests who can't drink, can offer an alternative like a fresh grape juice spritzer.
Wine & Food Books: French Laundry Cookbook Mustards Grill Cookbook Terra: Cooking from the Heart of Napa Valley Domaine Chandon Cookbook: Recipes from Étoile Restaurant The Tra Vigne Cookbook Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California's Wine Country At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking Annie and Margrit: Recipes and Stories from the Robert Mondavi Kitchen Bouchon the girl & the fig cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from the Acclaimed California Wine Country Restaurant Seasons of the Vineyard: A Year of Celebrations and Recipes from the Robert Mondavi Winery Chocolate for Breakfast: Entertaining Menus to Start the Day with a Celebration From Napa Valley's Oak Knoll Inn
Wine Bites: 64 Simple Nibbles That Pair Perfectly with Wine by Barbara Scott-Goodman Wine Bar Food: Mediterranean Flavors to Crave with Wines to Match by Cathy Mantuano 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Serve with Wines You Love by Jill Silverman Hough The Wine Lover's Cookbook: Great Recipes for the Perfect Glass of Wine by Sid Goldstein
Menus - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Look up menus from this area and also "cooking with wine" tutorials
Chardonnay By Day Bread Crab & Butter Napa coleslaw Potato & cheese casserole with matching cheese - Gruyere, Parmigiano-Reggiano Seasonal light fruits: Peaches, green grapes, plums, melon
Pinot Noir by Night Artisan bread with cannabis dipping oil or Crusty French bread Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples - Pinot Noir Ravioli Sage Pasta Filled with Butternut Squash Purée, Brown Butter Sauce, Walnuts - Pinot Noir Wild/Seasonal mushrooms - chanterelles or morels sautéed in butter with onions Blackberry Sorbet with Fresh Blackberries and Mint Leaves
Dessert? Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Chocolate Leaves - Red Dessert Wine -Cabernet?
Romantic Wine Country Breakfast Mimosas with a seasonal fruit juice - peach nectar... Eggs Benedict Breakfast Potatoes Peaches, Plums, grapes
Other ideas: Camembert chese? Chicken/pheasant/cornish hen with apples & green beans, apple galette tarte tatin, porc a la normande (in cider)
Roast Chicken with Rosemary-Garlic Paste Caramelized-Shallot Mashed Potatoes Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Bacon Tarte Tatin Beef Bourguignon Tarte Tatin
Chicken Liver Pâté with Figs and Walnuts Pan-Seared Steak with Mushroom-Merlot Sauce Potato and Celery Root Gratin with Fontina Chee]se Sauteed Spinach and Red Bell Peppers Pear Tarte Tatin with Vanilla and Ginger Pomerol
Arugula Salad with Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette Roasted Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon Potato Silk with Truffle Oil Sauteed Zucchini Ribbons Golden Brioche Pear Tarte Tatin with Vanilla and Ginger California Cabernet Sauvignon
Canna Pick: Tahoe Gold - good for eating, a positive attitude, pain relief, playfulness
The Tahoe Gold strain gets its name from the attractive red-gold hues of the finished buds. These colas hearken back to the 1970s when varieties such as Panama Red or Acapulco Gold were top shelf, even though this strain’s parentage derives from other geographic regions. Tahoe Gold invites a relaxed state of body and mind. These buds will give you a blissful and balanced high. Its functional buzz gradually takes effect, like sailing on a gentle breeze. It invites a playful and positive attitude. The smell and flavors are tropical and sweet, like a pungent berry candy. When made into hash or cooked into food, this variety can make the eyes very heavy and affect one’s balance. It creates a lucid and awake state of mind and a happy attitude.
Napa Valley Wine tour Wine & Bike Tour Grape Harvest & Grape Stomping Harvest Parties Hot Air Balloon Rides
City of Napa - Napa Valley Wine Train Yountville - French Laundry Restaurant St. Helena - Beringer Vineyards, Founded in 1875, is "the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley" Calistoga - Hot Springs, Hot Mud Bath, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park redwoods