I am in the Lake Tahoe area for a couple of days seeing customers and showing them wines. We had an awesome time yesterday with the resident wine guys of Plumas Pines Golf Resort’s restaurant Longboards. Sophisticated palates, great food and some seriously geeky wine guys!
Golfing, a view of the Sierras and a glass of Barolo…
After a day meetings, my colleague and his significant other invited me over for dinner. Lucky me: he is a wine guy, and she is a chef! This lovely lady had prepared sticky rice balls coated in sesame and finely minced scallions, grilled top sirloin and a lovely salad of cabbage, carrots and sesame. The dressing was laced with garlic, jalapenos and thai basil… seriously delicious. Now the most important question of the night… what were we going to drink with it?
Wine people get so excited about wine and food pairings- probably because this is where the wines we love so much really have a chance to shine. Food and wine elevate each other and can bring out qualities that would be hard to perceive otherwise. Since we had been working all day we had about a case of open bottles to choose from. What would work with this grilled steak salad? We had Barolos, Amarones, Cannonaus, Super-Tuscans, all at our fingertips… all these big, bold reds ready to drink sat in front of us.
The combination of these bright, salty-green-spicy flavors in the dressing, along with the lean smokiness of the grilled beef was a perfect marriage for this wine. Another reason we should not be afraid to reject the old adage of “red wine with red meat”.
The view from one of Terlano’s vineyards.
Another view of Terlano’s steeply Terraced vineyards
As you can see in the photos above, Terlano’s vineyards are very special. All of their wines speak loudly of this beautiful, extreme place. This is one of my favorite wineries because from the second you put your nose in a glass of their wine you know you are about to embark on a journey, back to the people and place who created the wine. Special wines like these can only come from secret, singular places. This is the beginning to the story that we fall in love with when we fall in love with wine.