Robert Mondavi Winery is planning a very special dinner on Wednesday, July 26th: Their illustrious winery Chef Jeff Mosher will be collaborating with rising star culinarian, 23-year-old Chef Theo Friedman, to prepare a fabulous, one of a kind, wine pairing dinner.
Theo has taken the NY culinary scene by storm with his inventive cuisine since recently graduating from Tufts University. Theory Kitchen, featuring his recurring pop up dinners have been dubbed among “The 5 Most Amazing Underground Dining Experiences in America” by Vogue Magazine and his talents have been chronicled in publications such as the Village Voice, The Boston Globe and TimeOut, among others.
An aptly named film for this week of record breaking temperatures! Join me at the St. Francis Outdoor Film Festival on Thursday July 20th at 7pm, for the classic comedy Some Like It Hot starring Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Come early to enjoy the pre-show concert by the Carlos Herrera Band.
A perfect pairing! After you join us for the movie night showing of Greaseon Thursday July 13th, plan to return for the weekend’s 6th Ever Luxury Bacon Dinner at the St. Francis Winery & Vineyard dining room, 6:30 pm on July 15th.Procure your tickets!
Mini Quiche Lorraine
Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp with Saba Glaze
Bacon Burger Sliders
2015 Chardonnay, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 2014 Cabernet Franc, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Smoked Trout, Egg & Potato Salad
Herb Salad | House Cured Bacon | Salmon Roe 2015 Chardonnay, Martinelli Vineyard, Russian River Valley
BBQ Pork Belly
Chipotle Glaze | Corn Purée | Fried Green Tomatoes
Pickled Green Tomatoes | Piquillo Pepper Relish 2014 Malbec, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Earlier this year I participated in a judging of over two thousand wines for the California State Fair! Here is the entireCalifornia Commercial Wine Competition Results for you to peruse. You also might make those plans to hit the big event starting this Friday July 14th in Sacramento. If not there are other more local fair opportunities to hit all summer long!
More appreciation goes out to those that made this event work for me and the wineries involved. Cannot overlook the amazing food, Sommelier experts Wayne and Nadia, plus my team of Deborah, Teale, Simone and even my son Rupert (who helped deliver ice & water at the Grand Tasting)! I could not have done it without them. Besides this view of the Sunday Brunch along the main street of Telluride, here are some more great pix to share from behind the scenes.
Left to Right: Selfie with my Somms, Wayne Belding & Nadia Pavlevska; A delicious salad from the Precious Bites picnic; Busy chefs prepare a gourmet meal
Clockwise: A cake by Fig & Bloom at the Grand Tasting; The gondola view from above Telluride; Special course from guest star chef Dean Max at The Calling dinner; With my team, Deborah and Teale, surrounded by oodles of wine talent!
Clockwise: Telluride main street; Delectible snacks at the Grand Tasting; The crowds gather around the Sommelier Selection table at the Grand Tasting
Thank yous go all around to these amazing people for coming to Telluride, sharing their wines and making it a great experience for me and the wine lovers in attendance! Such spectacular memories, many more than in the pictures below.
Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer
Dave Phillips of Michael David
James MacPhail of The Calling
Julia Iantosca of Lasseter Family Winery
Lise & Vincent Ciolino of Montemaggiore
Michael McCullough of Drew Family Wines
Mike Sullivan of Benovia
Randall Watkins of Laurel Glen
Ryan Solis of Kunde
Tres Goetting of Robert Biale Vineyards
Clockwise: Bob pours Brut at the Sunday Brunch; Tres shares his wares at the Grand Tasting; Some delicious selections from The Calling; On the town with Ryan, Mike, Randall taking an obligatory selfie!
Clockwise: Myself, Lise, Nadia the Somm and Dave at the Trending Now Lunch; Some Rodney Strong & Davis Bynum at the Grand Tasting; The beautiful view of Mountain Village; The first event, Precious Bites Luncheon with Julia, Bob, Mike and myself.
Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival takes place every Thursday night at the Winery from July 6 to July 27. Seating on the lawn begins at 7pm with a pre-show concert and wine reception. El Coyote Food Truck will be serving delicious Mexican food available for purchase. Feature film begins at dusk. I will be there to pair St. Francis’ world class wines with world class films.
Have you been to one of these shows? The last few years my family and I have attended, first to see Chris Isaak, followed by B-52’s last year. It was super fun, plus you have the opportunity to catch Isaak again this year! Rodney Strong is a great outdoor setting with delicious wines to accompany your pleasure. Here are the details!
July 8th – Chris Isaak July 23rd – Kenny Loggins August 27th – Chris Botti September 9th – Kool & The Gang
With a goal to raise $100,000 to support the HDSA mission, the event will honor Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Boisset Collection, which owns Buena Vista Winery, and Dr. Laurice Yang, Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Neurology & Neurological Sciences department. Join us in your Gatsby-themed attire to enjoy live entertainment, a delicious dinner and wine pairing, Buena Vista’s classically retro Bubble Lounge and a fantastic silent auction.