This One’s All About the Food – #wbc17 – Part 2

Wine Bloggers Conference Food – Recap Part 2

In my last post I promised to tell you about the Wine Bloggers Conference food. I had two meals while I was at the conference that were absolutely outstanding and wanted to share them with you.

In my last post I promised to tell you about the Wine Bloggers Conference food. Here are the two meals I had that were absolutely outstanding.

Jordan Winery Dinner Excursion

When I registered for the conference, we had several choices for dinner on Friday night. I didn’t really know anything about the wineries putting on the dinners but after a review of their websites, I chose Jordan Winery.

From the moment I stepped on the bus, I knew the hospitality would be amazing. Our hostess for the evening, Lisa Mattson, Director of Marketing and Communications for Jordan, started the trip explaining how welcoming guests with a glass of champagne is a Jordan Winery tradition, as she opened bottles and passed them around the bus.

Tank room
Tables set up in tank room at Jordan Winery

Lisa told us that Jordan is a small, family winery, so I had to chuckle a little when I walked into this enormous, exceedingly gorgeous, tank room.

Jordan Wines and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar Tasting

A wine and caviar tasting was set up for us in the equally enormous barrel room.

Caviar and wine pairing in barrel roomWine and caviar pairing

Unexpected Wine and Caviar Pairings that Work

Jordan wines to go with caviar pairing

The Wines: NV Brut Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble in France; 2014 Jordan Chardonnay, Russian River Valley; 2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley; 2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

We sampled flavor infused roes including beet and saffron, wasabi, truffled and ginger

The caviar on the far right is Jordan Chef’s Reserve Caviar by Tsar Nicoulai. The California white sturgeon roe is cured with a special salt blend created and applied by Jordan’s Executive Chef, Todd Knoll. It was a privilege to sample this signature caviar that is available for purchase only at the winery.

Beautiful as well as delicious!

Learning about Tsar Nicoulai Caviar

The Jordan Winery Dinner

Wine Bloggers Conference Food -- Dinner Menu at Jordan Winery

Bloggers have to take photos!

Abalone and Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Poached Alaskan Halibut

Abalone and Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Poached Alaskan Halibut
Paired with 2015 Jordan Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley

Grilled duck breast - Delicious Wine Bloggers Coference food at Jordan Winery

Grilled Mary’s Duck Breast with Olive Oil Confit, Chanterelles and Pomegranate Duck Jus
Paired with 2013 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley

Cheese plate with accompaniments including bee pollen and wild honeycomb

Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company Square, Matos Cheese Factory St. George, Moonside Creamery Lunetta, Membrillo, Jordan Bee Pollen and Sonoma Wild Honeycomb
Paired with 2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley in Magnum

Dessert - macarons, truffles, gingerbread to go - Wine Bloggers Coferece food - Jordan Winery

Comice Pear Gingerbread with Tsu Li-Infused Alambic Brandy Syrup (in wrapper to go), Macarons, Chocolate Truffles and Coffee

 

Napa Valley Vintners Excursion

Our Napa Valley Vintners Excursion on Sunday began with a wine tasting at the impressive Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga. This may be the subject of another blog post, but this post is all about the Wine Bloggers Conference food!

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

Lunch at Las Alcobas

After tasting 10 wines at Castello di Amorosa, we were whisked off to Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in St. Helena where another sumptuous feast was waiting for us.

Los Alcobas menu
Tables at Los Alcobas
Schramsberg

I love my bubbly and Schramsberg is one of my favorites!

Oysters and Schramsberg

Oysters with green apple mignonette & verbena oil
Paired with 2013 Schramsberg Querencia Napa Valley Brut Rose

2016 Silverado Vineyards Miller Ranch Yountville Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Silverado Vineyards Miller Ranch Yountville Sauvignon Blanc

Jon Emmerich of Silverado Vineyards & Wine Lunatic

Jon Emmerich of Silverado Vineyards and the Wine Lunatic discussing Sauvignon Blanc

Las Alcobas hamachi crudo

Hamachi (yellowtail) crudo (raw) with rose vinegar and Asian pear
Paired with 2016 Silverado Vineyards Miller Ranch Yountville Sauvignon Blanc

Mt. Veeder Gruner Veltliner

2016 Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Gruner Veltliner

Las Alcobas striped bass

Striped bass with carrot top chimichurri and charred carrots
Paired with 2016 Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Gruner Veltliner

Pouring wine for Jamie

Jamie Gall, blogger at Minnesota Girl in the World

Las Alcobas beef striploin

30 day dry aged beef striploin with king trumpets, celery root and potato gratin, and sauce au poivre
Paired with 2014 Antica Napa Valley Antinori Family Wine Estate Atlas Peak Pinot Noir

Petite Sirah

2014 Nichelini Family Winery Chiles Valley Petite Sirah

Las Alcobas cheese plate

Local cheese with accompaniments
Paired with 2014 Nichelini Family Winery Chiles Valley Petite Sirah

Without smell and taste, the photos in this post can only give you the slightest hint about how amazing the Wine Bloggers Conference food was. The delicious food, fabulous wine and attention to detail made for two incredibly memorable meals.

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In my last post I promised to tell you about the Wine Bloggers Conference food. Here are the two meals I had that were absolutely outstanding.Until next time…


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