I got an email from Proprietor's Reserve asking the following question to win a free seat for Jaffurs Winemaker dinner that night. Name one of the two varietals of wine that Santa Barbara County is most known for? Having visited recently, I answered right away (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and got two seats for the price of one ($50 per seat regular price)!
The menu was as follows:
2009 Thompson Vineyard Grenache Blanc
Honey Goat Cheese | Grilled Bosc | Prosciutto | Garlic Asiago Crostini
2010 Santa Barbara County Viognier
Seared Shrimp + Scallop | Herbed Baby Greens | Toasted Hazelnut | Grilled Yellow Squash | Red Bell | Brown Butter Vinaigrette
Chicken Normandy | Green Apple | Dried Cherries |Toasted Pecan | Thyme Wild Rice
Braised Pork Roast | Boysenberry Syrah Reduction | Sweet Potato Mash | Sage Butter
2010 Thompson Vineyard Petite Sirah
Grilled Chicken | Andouille | Crimini | Artichoke | Roasted Red Bell Pepper | Tarragon Cream | Crusty Bread
Lemon Crème Brûlèe | Mixed Berries | Chambord Sauce
The food was intricate and delicious, pairing wonderfully with the wines. What I was most impressed with was how personal it was. The winemaker of Jaffurs Matt Brady introduced each of the wines and Erin Sealy, who was the hostess (also the cook!) introduced the food in a fun way of going through her thought process of cooking and pairing with the wine. I would love to come back for more! More about the wines later!