Today I drove to the Del Dotto Winery in St. Helena, Napa County, for the Delicacies tasting. People come from all over the world to drink the wine in Napa, but I went for the food. I had a few sips of wine during the tour of the caves, and the tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting -- there was much talk about French oak barrels versus American oak barrels and how each affects taste, and other people in the group ruminated and debated over tannins and finishes and I pretended to care... it was the 5-course lunch that was the draw for me, and it would have been just as fantastic with a glass of water.
|Tsar Nicoulai caviar, sweet corn egg mousse, |
green tomato relish
|this lobster roll was nothing like this lobster roll|
|Hudson Valley foie gras, raspberries, caramelized white chocolate, |
black truffle sformatto.
|Wagyu beef and bacon slider|
|vanilla bean semifreddo, peaches, almond crumble|