Monday, April 28, 2014
Once again we attended a meeting of the Ventura Chapter of Wine Investigation For Novices and Oenphiles, WINO, for short. This is the 39th year Jeanne Bartlett has guided the group that meets with an individual winery and joins with an outstanding chef in presenting a menu to match food with wine.
Last evening we were at the Residence Inn in Oxnard with Executive Chef James Smith showing us a menu that matched the wines of Folie A Deux Winery in Sonoma County.
This winery, established in 1981, uses \almost every region of Sonoma County in selecting a vineyard for each of its varietals.
We opened with a wild Arugula salad matched with Folie A Deux 2012 Chardonnay which was from the Russian River Valley. Next up a French onion soup with Gruyre cheese accompanied by 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley. With our Coq au Vin the wine was 2011 Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley.
The Sonoma Coast region was the source of the 2011 Pinot Noir that was served with the Beef Bourgugnon. Flourless chocolate cake with dark forest berry compote was the dessert with 2011 Alexander Valley Merlot.
It proved to be yet another successful evening for this almost legendary gathering of wine groupies.