1) Hook and ladder refers to firetruck because that is what they carry and the Tillerman is the person who controls the ladder. (Another meaning refers to the play that was never meant to work but did years ago in NFL)
2) It is the position that Cecil De Loach (the founder) held as a SF firefighter!
Both were correct! I was thrilled and proceeded to invite my date for the night. Happy day!
We were a little late as everyone was already seated but they had just started. As usual, they began by introduction of the winery, the winemaker Joshua (Cecil's grandson) and the food etc. Hook and Ladder began in 1970 when San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine bought acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. They began producing under their family name in 1975.
Here is the list of wine and food pairing!
Seared Scallop | Ginger Lime Beurre Blanc | Cilantro Garlic Gremolata
2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Green Apple | Prosciutto | Triple Cream Brie | Garlic Asiago Crostini | Pistachio Arugula Pesto
2008 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Sweet Potato Hash | Linquica | Red Bell Pepper | Red Onion | Manchego
Steak Chimichurri | Herbed Baby Greens | Roasted Red Pepper | Roasted Corn | Radish | Iberico Cheese
2009 Tillerman Cabernet/Cabernet Franc Blend
Yucatán Style 18 Hour Pork Roast | Shallot Pumpkin Risotto | Shaved Parmesan
2009 Los Amigos Ranch Cabernet Franc (Winery Only!)
|Mixture of chocolate for dessert with complimentary port!|
It was quite the show by the time dessert was announced. Everyone was merry with extra pours and the Port that Josh brought. There were prizes for answering questions about the winery and I won a Hook and Ladder cap by putting my hand up lightning speed and answering what the Tillerman does (which I already knew from the email) and which way he turns! Great night with lovely company at Proprietor's as always.