Today’s Wines
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
2018 Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Lucia Highlands
2018 Rose, Santa Cruz
2018 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California Barrel Select
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains
2018 Riesling, Santa Lucia Highlands

Food to pair
You do not need to have any foods with this tasting but having something makes it go way better!

My go-to is simple: crackers, cheese, almonds.
  • Experiment with crackers, my first choice is the basic club cracker, I suggest you avoid flavored crackers for the first 3 wines, but those may work with the second 3, and at the same time a saltine is kinda boring.  Tortilla chips are a hit with a lot of these wines.
  • Cheeses, again experiment, there are basic guidelines but not rules. My go-to would be cheddar, brie, medium strength cheeses. Reserve the blue or gorgonzola for the 5th & 6th wines, but experiment with stinky cheeses with all the wines. Experiment with goat or sheep cheeses if you tend to like those types; goat with the first two wines.
  • Nuts are good- mostly I experience almonds are my first choice. Others would work too, again avoid flavored nuts.
  • I also encourage you try some snacks just to experiment. We share a lot about that on the tasting together
If I was making food to go with these wines:
First 2 wines:
  • Seafood, shellfish, chicken, green veggies like peas, asparagus or green beans. Grilled or butter or cream sauces, not tomato based sauces.
Third Wine:
  • The Rose is super versatile, it could work with the foods the first two wines work with, or what the reds work with.
Fourth, Fifth & Sixth wine:
  • Meats, charcuterie, cured meats, barbeque like ribs and burgers, pasta with garlic or tomato-based sauces, pesto, etc. Chocolate! Salmon or tuna with the Pinot Noir.
The last wine:
  • Spicy foods, Asian cuisine, Indian foods, a rib-eye steak, Mexican foods! Try it with jalapeno jelly or even a small piece of fresh jalapeno, or wasabi peas!

**Given the circumstances in the world if you go get anything- please do so safely!**