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Sunny Sonoma

Redwood Shores两个小时向北便是北加两大winery valley之一, Sonoma(另一处是大名鼎鼎的napa valley)。没去过napa,据说sonoma是cozy,精致型的,不过和ithaca finger lakes的那些winery相比,加州的cozy也算是大气。

去了三家,tasting的部分都还是类似,照例是吧台后面的酒保按照酒窖排定的list,一杯一杯的倒来,客人一杯一杯的品。北美的白葡萄酒偏多,想在国内一提到葡萄酒便是红酒,少有白葡萄酒的,据说是国内的气候不宜种植和酿造白葡萄酒。我是觉得红酒味道稍涩,倒是白葡萄酒来得清润。酒窖的规模,相比东岸的,就大了很多,很像是私人庄园。与wine配套的”accessory“也很多,cheese, ham, turkey, cracker, chocolate, even BBQ buffet,  everything if you want to have a private party featuring wine…  如果结婚来这儿,也算是有情调的了。

YM姐选的时间很好,正是加州葡萄丰收的周末。下午三点北加终于放晴,走在葡萄架下,大家都忍不住直接taste紫红色的新鲜葡萄,感觉味道倒好像蓝莓,因为个头小,并且格外甜。有些部分被太阳晒得太干,倒成了新鲜的sun-dried rasin,口感有些酸,确是纯天然,完全没有sugar添加的 😛

顿觉一个星期“面朝显示器,蜗居cube” 一直到周末开车四个小时,换来的,也不过这转瞬即逝的十几分钟的灿烂阳光,果然人生即如是钱老笔下的,很“快”的“乐”一下。

这次经历的新鲜事物,是传说中的food and wine pairing。美国这边喝酒习惯讲究与cheese或是一些cocktail party dip food的配套。我们选的是一家叫MAYO的家庭酒庄(9200 Sonoma Highway – Kenwood – Sonoma Valley)。七杯葡萄酒配套的是七份精致的小食。

在网上找到menu,可以说每一个都很不错,当然,还是有肉那些小食比较讨喜,rabbit three-ways算是印象最深的:

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Emma’s Vineyard, Napa Valley
Yuzu ginger lemongrass ceviche of Kampachi

2007 Viognier, Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Brillat-Savarin Chevre Parmesan and ripe seasonal fruit

2006 Pinot Noir, La Cruz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Petite filet of beef with Trumpet Royales on butter focaccia

2007 Zinfandel, Ricci Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Rabbit with carrot three way and pea shoots

2006 Cabernet Franc, Ridgeline Ranch, Alexander Valley
Gruyere custard with heirloom tomato salad olive oil foam

2005 Meritage, Rancho Salina Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Duck confit on corn cake with Meritage bing cherry reduction

2006 Zinfandel Port, Ricci Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Blueberry creme fraiche and basil with blue pepper “crack”

厨师据说是CIA毕业的… Culinery Institute of America 😀