This trip started as most....with my pouring all day Sunday at EPOCH ESTATE'S TASTING ROOM on Historic York Mountain.....and WHAT a day it was. Aside from the great wines and people that come in (and my being able to sip all day)....I made more new friends....really the best part of the whole wine experience every time I have the pleasure to pour Epoch for others.....the day goes fast....and suddenly..it's dinner time!
Roberts Restaurant in Paso is relatively new....only our second time there (and certainly we will be increasing that number)...it's simply: WONDERFUL! And Heather, our server...well...you couldn't just ask for anyone more attentive or nicer. And did I say the food was pretty good too?
Especially....the crab cakes---if you are a crab cake affecianado....you MUST try them. And..the macadamia crusted halibut? Ohhhhhhh..... succulent, juicy, melts in your mouth. Then for dessert.....the chocolate souffle...well..it ain't half bad....in fact..it's devilishly good..in fact....it's a sin..especially if you are a chocoholic (which resembles the writer).
And any great meal (with friends Ethan and Rebecca...and my sister and brother in law whom I finally got to Paso)...must be accompanied by special wines:
Starting with a Herman Story On The Road (appropriate since we are on the road)...a 2009 Grenache...fruity, long finish, well balanced....and just another great Story wine!
followed by a Bevan Cellars 2009 Ontogeny (OK...yes...once in awhile I break away from Paso for an exceptional Bordeaux blend which Ontogeny is...out of Santa Rosa). And, if you have never had the pleasure of a Russel Bevan wine.....you have missed out.
Get your hands on either...you will NOT be disappointed.
Addie from Epoch asked if we would like to join their Monday night group at Thomas Hill Organics....for a pre-set 5 course meal....and lots of wine. Yes...we all brought wine...and WHAT a night this was! And.....what a menu, starting with
Ahi tuna poke.....a generous serving...and O! SO! Yummmmmy!
Course #2 was an orange, avocado and baby octopus salad! How creative...and succulent.
......of course..wine was flowing...but let's talk about the food first!
Following the salad......the hugest (is that a word?) prawns I have ever seen.....tasting full flavored and as good as they looked....