Wine lovers lucky enough to be in the Paso Robles area should make note of a new series of winemaker dinners coming to the Paso Robles Inn. The series kicks off Thursday November 19, 2009. Seating starts at 6:00 p.m. and dinner begins a half hour later. It costs $50 per person, all inclusive. You do need to make reservations, and seating is limited. Call the Paso Robles Inn at 805.238.2660. The Inn is located in downtown Paso, 1103 Spring Street.
This autumnal special will feature a four-course dinner paired with wines from Ancient Peaks Winery.
Ancient Peaks co-owner Karl Wittstrom will introduce each wine with each course, and will also share stories and thoughts about the recent 2009 harvest. Ancient Peaks is a family-owned winery whose wines hail from the estate Margarita Vineyard, the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation near Santa Margarita. It is the only vineyard in the vicinity, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The menu is prepared by Executive Chef Kelly Wangard and Sous Chef Karrie Hills. The card will include:
*Roasted parsnip soup with pumpkin seed oil and parsley chip paired with the 2006 Oyster Ridge red blend
*Merlot-braised short ribs with orzo, butternut squash and cranberry orange gremolata paired with the 2006 Merlot
*White chocolate cherry bread pudding paired with the new release 2007 Zinfandel.