by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
February, to me, always means love and romance. This year is no different. I love watching all the romance movies on TV, and enjoying fabulous, decadent foods this time of year. I went to the farmer’s market yesterday and spoke to the farms that I always get my produce from for Valentine’s Day. I saw fabulous purple cauliflower and carrots, and so many other vegetables that inspired me. I placed my order and am eady to pick everything up fresh Friday morning! It is absolutely fabulous to be able to do that.
This Friday and Saturday, I am preparing my annual Valentine’s Day dinner. Either night you are welcome to join us at Reyes Winery. Come check into the tasting room between 5 and 6 PM and have a glass of wine with some assorted appetizers. At 6 o’clock everybody is invited into the barrel room for dinner. I plan to start everyone off with a mixed green salad that will have fresh strawberries, candied almonds slices and edible flowers. Then all the guests are welcome to a buffet dinner featuring award-winning wines and a wine infused dinner.
I am offering Atlantic salmon with a blood orange Zinfandel sauce, rainbow quinoa and rainbow carrots. It will be paired with our 2013 Quinn’s Zin. My second offering is leg of lamb raised with a rosemary blackberry Syrah sauce. It’s paired with truffle potatoes and purple cauliflower. This is to pair with our 2012 “double gold” Syrah. Then for dessert, I have two offerings depending on if you prefer vanilla or chocolate. I have a white chocolate cake with raspberry frosting and a white chocolate raspberry treat on top. For the chocolate, a dark chocolate cake with a caramel drizzle. Each of the desserts will pair with our Agua Dulce Delight and White Delight.
I hope to see you this weekend. You can make reservations on our website at reyeswinery.com/events. Since it is a holiday there are no walk-ins for dinner, but the tasting room doesn’t require reservations to come in and taste. Bring your someone special to the tasting room or for dinner!