Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Proprietor's Reserve: Olson Ogden

Proprietor's Reserve Sunset
I won a BOGO (Buy one get one free) - for the third time! (Check out first and second) - to Proprietor's Reserve's Winemaker dinner for Olson Ogden with John Ogden, Co-owner of the winery in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley. 

The question was: In the world of wine, what does "cooperage" refer to?

Answer: Making wooden staves with hoops! Or Wine Barrel making

Even though Sam just got off the plane from Australia at 3pm, I justified dragging him to the dinner regardless to force him to be awake to cure him of jetlag. I am a thoughtful girlfriend. 

We arrived right when they started seating guests and some friends were there as well by coincidence! Erin made some changes so we could be seated with them! Thank you Erin! 

As usual, the dinner started off with Erin introducing to us the first two dishes in front of us while John did the wines. 

Extra pour of Milla's red blend

Here are the wine and food pairings:

2009 Stagecoach Vineyard Marsanne "Margaret's Mandate"
Jumbo Scallop | Apple Smoked Bacon Wrap | Brie Cream

2009 Milla's Blend Red Wine
Black Pepper Chicken Marsala | Grilled Portobello | Garlic Herb Ricotta | Asiago Crostini

2009 Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir
Fresh Cut Corn | Frisse & Arugula Salad | Marcona Almonds | Seared Dragon Bean | Parmesan Blood Orange Vinaigrette

2009 Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah
Wine & Herb Pork Shoulder Roast | Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Risotto

2008 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 
Braised Rosemary Lamb Shank | Caramelized Red Onion & New Potato Hash | Balsamic Fig Reduction

Yet another delicious wine pairing dinner at Proprietor's Reserve! My friends who were there for the first time thought the same. This place is an absolute favorite! I love the food and how Erin is the one who cooks and pairs all the wines. They are  very friendly and Erin always have dessert for us no matter what happens (plus points!). The wines are always family owned, small wineries that you don't usually see on the shelves! And they always give me an opportunity to go! Thanks again! 

YUM! More about the wine and food pairing later! 

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