Monday, July 30, 2012

El Dorado Hills: Crystal Basin Wines, Apple Hill

Bleu Cheese stuffed Endives
From Lava Cap Winery, we headed to Crystal Basin Bistro for lunch and more wine tasting. We began with lunch where I had a delicious stuffed endive plate. They had curry cheese log for samples with fresh bread and pretzel with a house made spiced BBQ dip. YUM.

Pulled pork sandwich

After lunch, we proceeded to the little designated corner for the wine tasting. Looking at the names of the wines and labels, I could not help but think they don't want to be taken seriously.

Tasting room in the restaurant
Well, the wines were not great. In fact, I did not take notes because they were pale in comparison with both Grace Patriot and Lava Cap, although they were not the worst wines I have tasted. The man who was pouring also served a bubbler first, which made it rather difficult to taste the rest of the wines. All in all, not a great experience although lunch was wonderful!

Crystal Basin Lineup

Interesting labels

Next up, we head to Jack Russell Brewing!

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