On a mission–I walked through Wilson Creek’s main courtyard at dusk. All around, flowers bloomed filling the air with sweet, heady blooms and the wafting scents of fine tobacco. Destination reached.
Flamenco music by Javid & Naoko reverberated through the air, providing a snappy beat from dueling guitarists. The scene painted beautifully gold and red, touched by the waning sunlight.
There was an open bar for the first hour and a half, and Wilson Creek had a very wide array of their wines available–included in the ticket price. That $100 was starting to look like a bargain. Tray-passed appetizers were passed, but there was mingling to do, and hands to shake, so I only tried a delectable apricot filled phylo tart.
Glass of wine in hand, I headed to the table to grab a cigar before the dinner portion of the night began. A goodie bag on every seat contained three different cigars, a cigar cutter, and matches…everything needed to make the night memorable.
Dinner started off with a giant king crab ravioli on a small salad with a white balsamic Bearnaise, paired with the 2009 White Cabernet. It was quite refreshing to have the crab after such a warm day, and the Bernaise sauce was excellent.
Next up was an arugula salad, poached figs, Kasseri cheese, and vinaigrette made from Wilson Creek’s Angelica Sherry. The sweetness of the sherry vinaigrette was matched by the sharpness of the cheese in a perfect balancing act. The arugula salad refreshed the palate.
The main course was a little complex with huge chili enrobed Divers scallops, served with coffee and cocoa encrusted strip loin on polenta (garlic grits according to the menu). An interesting addition was artichoke tempura as the vegetable. This was served with the 2006 Legacy, Wilson Creek’s Bourdeaux-style blend. The wine is maturing wonderfully and was a great match for the meal. Yes the artichokes messed with the wine, the trick to get past that, is to drink more wine!
Between dinner and dessert, a cigar roller hand-made cigars for the crowd at a blinding speed. It was great fun to watch.
After dinner there was a dessert station with chocolate mousse, macerated cherries, and whip cream. Not normally the decadent dessert type, I splurged and was wonderfully surprised at the light and airy mousse, and the whip cream with just a hint of sweetness, and not a bit of the sugar rush I expected.
To finish off the evening Wilson Creek had their Old Vine Zinfandel Port straight out of the barrel. What a great way to finish up the night.
The Wilson’s were out in full-force last night with the Matriarch, Rosie, enjoying her annual cigar on stage. Following right on the heels of a very brief set of speeches by the Wilson’s was a wedding proposal front and center stage…she said yes!
Wilson Creek is a hub of wine country activity. Check their events calendar for what’s next. They are a family-owned winery with most of the family living on property, and one of the most beloved wineries in the valley. Arrive early on the weekends and you will see balloons taking off from their driveways.
35960 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92591
Wilson Creek Winery welcomes the best U2 tribute band of all time in the heart of Temecula Wine Country! Come join us on Saturday July 17, 2010 for an unforgettable evening among the vines with good friends, spectacular wines and awesome music.
Joe Hier brings a voice as mesmerizing and soulful as the real Bono’s. Add to that the coincidentally similar looks and Hiers brilliant acting and voila – he quickly transforms into the famous U2 frontman. This band is not simply U2 impersonators, but consummate musicians who bring the true heart of U2 to every performance, they successfully capture the bands essence to produce a dynamic, exciting and amazingly realistic experience thats on par with seeing the band live. The Hollywood U2 shows bring the respect that U2, their music, and their fans deserve through the precision, excitement, and exact emulation of a U2 concert.
Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads
An evening with Garratt Wilkin and The Parrotheads will have you thinking of beaches, boats, bars and tropical drinks. They have headlined in fairs and festivals through the West Coast and most of the United States with their popularity expanding. The band has been billed as the #1 Jimmy Buffett band in the nation. Garratt says “Traveling with the Parrotheads is a great way to meet fans and make new Parrothead friends. We get such a kick performing for fans that become just as much a part of the show as we are”