Patrick kindly organized a happy hour while we were visiting for our first night in town at the Healdsburg Bar and Grill. This made me extremely happy as I still couldn’t get their truffle oil parmesan cheese fries off my mind. So GOOD. Matt and I ate two baskets and I got to have the very adult mac and cheese. I love mac and cheese very much and never miss a chance to have it….as I seem to be incapable of making it myself for some reason.
Over the course of the evening, quite a crowd came by to say hello and socialize for a bit. We saw Patrick, Genevieve, Penny, Chris, Jeremy, Shana, Robert, and others. Penny and Chris both brought wines to try (yay!) which I happily did.
From Penny, barrel samples of her newest Tempranillos….she’s going to make two for 2008!
2008 Coral Mustang Vista Creek Tempranillo: Dark, berries, vanilla, spice, jam, plum, currants, grat dark fruit. Looks to be a good one, though it clearly won’t be released for a little while!
2008 Coral Mustang Tres Palmeras Tempranillo: I slightly preferred this one. It was lighter in color and flavor. I found spice, red currants, red fruit, cedar, nice structure, nice acidity, raspberries. This one will make a fabulous food wine.
Chris brought along a bottle from a new line they will be releasing that will retail for around $14-$15.
2007 Healdsburg Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon. Screw cap, Sonoma County, 13.9% alcohol. Mint, leather, herbs, spice, herbal, black currants, anise, black fruit, some red fruit around the edges, nicely done for a $14ish Cabernet!
All in all, a lovely evening catching up with old friends and making some new ones. It’s always great to meet new people, and I love the feeling that when we go out to CA we have so many folks to visit, yet we aren’t even from Northern California (though Matt is from Southern California….).