Who Was Playing …
The Wines …
Before, and during, the performance, there was a free flowing of recently released, soon-to-be released and even some barrel and tank sampling of wines. From tank we tried some Artist Series Limited Edition Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, both from the ’09 vintage; and from barrel we got a taste of 2 single barrel Showcase Chardonnays that were in the works. A barrel-aged icewine finished off our tour of the subterranean level.
Up top, in the winemaker’s tower, the award winning Trius Rosé Brut started us off, then an array of white and red wines were poured. First, there were six pre-lunch wines and then six more with the meal. My top three selections were the following:
2007 Showcase Merlot – Carlton Vineyard ($38.00 - ****½)
and the stunning 2009 Ghost Creek Vineyard Riesling ($25.00 - *****)
the 2007 Showcase Cabernet Sauvignon – Clark Farm … previously reviewed and drinking beautifully; and the new Trius 2009 Sauvignon Blanc ... also previously reviewed and a real summer time treat.
Chef Frank Dodd outdid himself again this year, coming up with a menu of delicious local and seasonal ingredients – and I have the pictures to prove it:
Once again another fabulous day of wine, food and song … and that’s the politically correct trifecta these days – the other way is chauvinistic – although we did have a fine Woman of Song in Emilie-Claire.