For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County.
Founder, Joe Martin, fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley.
After achieving great success as a grower, Joe opened his own winery in 1979 with his business partner Lloyd Canton.
Today, a new generation of winemakers, Katie Madigan and Chris Louton, continues the long tradition of luscious, elegant, fruit-driven wines from Sonoma County grapes.
Currently, more than 400 acres of Certified Sustainable estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley are farmed.
Each with varying compositions of loam, clay and volcanic soils.
Well, the Tin Man, et al, embarked upon a seated, multicourse Wine & Food Pairing, orchestrated by Executive Chef Bryan Jones who created an assortment of small dishes paired with hand-selected artisan wines.
We enjoyed stunning vineyard views and an amazing fine dining presentation at a shared table.
The seating was hosted by a knowledgeable and friendly wine expert, who created a relaxing, fun and unforgettable wine country experience.
If you are planning a trip to the wine country, this is an experience that should not be missed
The Menu was impressive and inspired..
We began with the Smoked Beet Salad
Grilled Spring Onion – Green Garlic Purée – Aleppo Pepper – Goat Cheese Fondant – Almond Nougat
Then the second culinary masterpiece was presented…. Red Wine Braised Duck accompanied by 2013 Pinot Noir
Coriander Spätzle – Endive – Pistachio – Tart Cherry-Apricot Mostarda
Course Number Three…….Arctic Char a la Barigoule accompanied by 2013 Chardonnay
Celery Root-Yukon Gold Potato Puree – Saffron – Preserved Lemon – Parsnip Chips
le Quatrième Cours…..Coffee & Cocoa Crusted NY Strip Loin with 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Roasted Cauliflower – Smoke Garlic – Crispy Shallots – Bordelaise
La Finale …… Sucreries….Mexican Chocolate Pot du Crème accompanied by 2012 Ruby Port
Marvelous Culinary Delights and the Creator himself….Executive Chef Bryan Jones…
It was a most fantastic experience…..delightful, educational and most of all delicious!