Swine and Wine at Russian River Vineyards
Harvest season in California Wine Country is as always brimming with wine and food events, and the weather seems to cooperate. Every fall, I happily attend several of the viticultural celebrations in Sonoma County, and since I truly believe that too much of a good thing is wonderful, I found myself enjoying the 1st annual Swine and Wine festival at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville last Saturday.
An intimate setting of a historic 1890s farmhouse framed by tall redwoods and cloudless blue sky served as a suitable backdrop for a well-balanced selection of award-winning RRV wines, paired with everything porky for the occasion.
Corks Restaurant on the premises produced a special menu, served at the sunlit terrace overlooking the post-harvest organic vineyard.
The Tex-Mex fajita bar, which was paired with 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, included marinated and grilled carnitas with grilled peppers and onions, homemade chunky guacamole, pico de gallo, black beans, and rice.
BBQ sliders and more, paired with 2009 Chester Zinfandel, pulled together pulled pork sliders in brioche rolls, homemade coleslaw, root vegetable chips, and a plate of watermelon and orange slices.
An Italian feast, paired with 2008 Bella Sonoma Pinot Noir, included porchetta with pinot jus, Caesar salad, cheesy potatoes with bacon, and grilled vegetables.
Sweet endings—an ultimate crowd pleaser—was paired with 2009 Botrytis Chardonnay and consisted of a chocolate bread pudding with Fosters sauce.
Creating the right mood for the festivities, Billy Dunn’s band performed live, making more than one foot tap to their rhythm and blues.
Russian River Vineyards, one of Sonoma County’s oldest wineries, located at 5700 Gravenstein Highway North, Forestville, California, is now in the process of becoming an organic, sustainable, and “green” venue and is shown by appointment only. To arrange a visit and learn more call 887-3344 or visit their website.