Wood Loved ones Vineyards & Saddle Creek Resort Group Up for an Exquisite Dinner
The Saddle Creek Wine Society had an awesome dinner and wine expertise final evening. Rhonda Wood, owner & winemaker, along with Harrison Wood (her son), teamed up with new Executive Chef Chris Cox and Sous Chef Janet Weissbeck of Saddle Creek Golf Resort to make a memorable evening.
We have been treated to six wines paired with an “over the top” culinary edibles which have been presented with artistic charm and beauty. The 1st course of the evening was a seared jumbo scallop, fried prosciutto with a fig Gastrigue. This was paired with Wood Loved ones Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Double Gold Winner from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitors. The “butterscotch and cracker jack” flavors engulfed each and every bite completely.
The second course served was a salad of organic greens, apple, plum, Bleu cheese with pear vinaigrette. This was paired with a 2016 Merlot, which won Silver at the SF Chronicle Wine Competitors this year. The Merlot aromas of “plum and apple” set this in harmonious balance.
Just ahead of the third course was served, the inclement climate just passed and we have been left with this stunning sunset view from our seats facing Gopher Ridge to the west.
The third course was a single of the highlights final evening, a crispy pork belly with a spicy barbeque sauce and jalapeno polenta cake. This was paired with two wines this evening. The 1st becoming the 2016 Zinfandel “Big Wood” and a 2016 GSM. These wines possessed strawberry jam, silky tannins and exotic spices to round out the paired meals.
The fourth course was the entrée for the evening, a grilled beef filet with mushroom risotto, Brussel sprouts and a Cabernet demi-glace. The wine selected was Wood Loved ones Vineyards 2015 “Especial” Cabernet Sauvignon which won Greatest of Class Reds at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitors. These two paired beautifully as the floral aromas of “exotic orchids & plumeria” as Rhonda described it. Black fruits and sculptured tannins designed a delightful dance on the palate.
And for the finale, the dessert which was a triple chocolate mousse. This was practically a 3 dimensional art piece as opposed to meals. Wines are constantly tricky to pair with dessert but the 2015 Petit Sirah, a Tri-County Gold Winner in 2018 was an uncontested property run! The Petit Sirah with blueberries and sweet black cherries was a ideal compliment.
All guests left the Grandview area astonished by the meals preparation of Chris Cox with only two weeks below his belt at Saddle Creek Resort, his overall performance was just impeccable. Janet Weissbeck as a incredibly talented dessert specialist, was spectacular once more as in prior winemaker events. A specific note of thanks to Tammie Littlefield, Meals & Beverage Manager, whose inventive talents decorated the tables and coordinated a lot of the preparations for a festive evening. Apart from becoming impressed with these 3 and of course Rhonda and Harrison Wood with their detailed data and descriptions of the wines, humor, stories, and so on., all the Saddle Creek Wine Society Members who attended felt treated to a “very specific meal paired with extraordinary wines” and eager for the subsequent a single!
Saddle Creek Golf Resort: http://www.saddlcreek.com
Wood Loved ones Vineyards: http://woodfamilyvineyards.com