Limited-seating event by virtue of vintage availability
It's Chef John and Ramona Ranch Winemaker Micole at it again...we play so well together. What's in store, you ask? A sure-to-be-fabulous evening of tapas and a vertical tasting of five vintages of Tannat. Oh, my goodness!
menu subject to minor changes at Chef's whim...
Griddled Flatbread topped with pancetta, blue cheese, medjool date, walnut
Crisp-Fried Wild Mushroom Ravioli with melted brie
Grilled Lamb Loin Chop with Blackberry Beurre accompanied by duck fat-roasted fingerling potatoes
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Fruit & Port Reduction over a dollop of polenta
Dark Chocolate Licorice Cookie star anise scented & maldon sea salt flakes
Tannat originates in the Basque region of France near the Pyrenees, ironically the same area our dog, Ella (a great Pyrenees) comes from. We fell in love with Tannat when we first tasted it on a trip to Amador County. Tannat is rarely planted in the US, but has moved from France to Uruguay, where it's considered their National Grape.
We are thrilled to announce that our Estate Tannat has been in 3 Wine Competions, and has WON GOLD in each, including Double-Gold and Best of Class in the Sonoma Grand Harvest awards, Gold at the Toast of the Coast, and Gold in the Lum Eisenman Competion. We planted our Tannat on 1103P Rootstock and were rewarded with our first harvest in 2013. Following the French tradition, we did an extended maceration, with more punch downs than normal to help incorporate oxygen into the fermentation process. In 2013 & 2014, we used a relatively new yeast strain, Clos, which was isolated in the Priorat region of Spain. We choose Clos for it's high alcohol and heat tolerance, two risks with Tannat (and Ramona) and starting in 2015, we moved our entire red production to Native Fermination (that's right, we don't add commerical yeast). We age our wines in a mixture of new and used American and French oak barrels from our friends at Barrel Builders of Napa.
This is a wine you'll rarely find, we invite you to come up, be amoung the first to try this unique and rare wine.
3 miles East of the town of Ramona, off the 78. www.ramonaranch.net Open Friday - Sunday, 11 to 6, come on up and experience our family winery. For more information, give us a call at 760-789-1622.
Ramona is home to more than 50 vineyards covering over 60 acres and 25 bonded wineries with an amazing trail network, and several open preserves to explore. Located approximately 35 miles northeast of San Diego, the Ramona Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is recognized for it’s unique microclimate, terroir and history of grape production. The 89,000-acre area covers 139 square miles of primarily rural area surrounding the unincorporated town of Ramona. Check us out on FaceBook, or at www.ramonavalleywineregion.com Vaya con Vino!