Trefethen Family Vineyards
The last wine dinner I went to Don was out of town, so I took Gayle, his step-mother! She enjoyed the night as much as I did! Besides knocking over my wine glass the first moment we sat down, it was a beautiful night! The chef created food especially for Gayle because of her allergy to seafood and all was great! We sat at the table with the distributer and the winery owner, Janet Trefethen.
|Janet and me!|
In the foyer, before entering the ballroom, we were offered either 2013 Estate Chardonnay (sold out) or 2012 Estate Merlot ($40) both from Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District. Both of these wines were paired with hand passed seared scallop crostini-almond caper butter and Trefethen grilled ahi tuna.
The four-course dinner was fabulous and each one was paired with the following wines.
The first course: Sichuan Shrimp Salad with gingered riesling vinaigrette and crispy wontons. This was paired with a 2014 Estate Dry Riesling, ($25) Oak Knoll District Napa Valley wine. I don't normally drink a Riesling, but this one was a perfect complement with the salad. Very fresh and flavorful.
The second course: Grilled Lamb Chop with thyme and wild mushrooms and Texas peas. This was paired with a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, (SOLD OUT) Napa Valley. Bright complex flavors with a deep ruby red color and very delicious!
The third course: Smoked Filet Mignon with house made sausage and pappardelle with rife roasted tomatoes. This was paired with a 2013 "Dragon's Tooth" Blend, ($60) Napa Valley. They say it is good with all "beasts". It was a mouthwatering blend.
The fourth course: Orange Blosson Honey Panna Cotta with stone fruit and black plum reduction. This was paired with a 2013 Estate Late Harvest Riesling, ($50) Napa Valley. It reminded me of creme brûlée, which I love.
Thank you, Janet, for coming to Dallas and for surviving the 2014 earthquake in Napa Valley! Readers, here is one pic from the internet of their historic building on the property that has been preserved after the quake!