Seavey Wine Dinner

Combine Gemma with Seavey Wines and you have yourself one amazing dinner.

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It’s not often that I go to wine dinners on a work night. But, I had to make an exception and I am SO glad that I did!

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Being at Gemma is like being with family. It’s small, cool colors, and comfortable. I open the door and feel like I’m stepping into a magazine. You know…the page that is dog eared and marked “I want to go there”. Not to mention the food is fabulous.

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Dorie Seavey from Seavey Vineyard in St. Helena was the special guest and showcasing the wines which were all outstanding.

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First Course:

Terrine of Smoked Sockeye Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes, Farm Egg, Creme Fraiche, and Caviar

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This was paired with the 2013 Chardonnay — with no malolactic fermentation, it’s more in the style of a Chablis. It’s crisp minerality and fresh grapefruit aromas left me wanting more.

Second Course:

Duck Ragu with Hand Torn Pasta, Fall Greens, Honshimeji Mushrooms, Sage, and Parmigiano (mine is minus the pasta as I am gluten free)

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This was paired with both the 2007 and 2012 Merlot. The 2007 was definitely my favorite. It’s 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon so it had the plum and fig flavors but also with a hint of tobacco — yum! The 2012, on the other hand, is 96% Merlot and 4% Cab. It was light but more cherry and pepper notes.

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Third Course:

Chicken “Porchetta” with Field Peas, Roasted Fennel, Fava Bean Gremolata

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This was paired with 2012 Caravina Cabernet. According to Dorie, “Caravina” is a term of endearment that her grandfather used. This is 94% Cab, 3% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot with strawberry and licorice flavors and a velvety finish.

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Fourth Course:

Venison “Wellington” with Roasted Baby Vegetables, Cipollini, Red Grapes, Port Demi-Glace

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Talk about finishing with a bang! This was paired with the 1999 Seavey Cabernet. 88% Cab, 9% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot. It was a deep, rich purple color with chocolate, cedar, and black fruits.

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Overall, an amazing evening! Chef and Owners, Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder always do an amazing job at Gemma. Ad Dorie Seavey was so sweet and a joy to listen to!

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Cheers to good food, great wine, and fabulous friends!

Here’s the whole line up:

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