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!
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.
Dorie Seavey from Seavey Vineyard in St. Helena was the special guest and showcasing the wines which were all outstanding.
Terrine of Smoked Sockeye Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes, Farm Egg, Creme Fraiche, and Caviar
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.
Duck Ragu with Hand Torn Pasta, Fall Greens, Honshimeji Mushrooms, Sage, and Parmigiano (mine is minus the pasta as I am gluten free)
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.
Chicken “Porchetta” with Field Peas, Roasted Fennel, Fava Bean Gremolata
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.
Venison “Wellington” with Roasted Baby Vegetables, Cipollini, Red Grapes, Port Demi-Glace
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.
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!
Cheers to good food, great wine, and fabulous friends!
Here’s the whole line up: