|This meal was largely inspired by French herbs, and the savory ingredients were predominantly from San Luis Obispo County. The culinary lavender hailed from an organic farm in Paso Robles, Central Coast Lavender Farm. I picked up the potatoes, fresh thyme leaves and garlic at local farmer's markets. The rich olive oil that I used was a Tuscan blend produced by Hidden Hills Olives & Oaks in Templeton. |
But I strayed a bit from my usual SLO County wine selections...
|My new favorite hangout in Pismo Beach: Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar|
This new wine bar offers overs 170 wines by the glass that range from Monterey...to San Luis Obipso...to Santa Barbara and beyond. I stopped by to find a nice Syrah to pair with my lamb dinner. Co-owner, Ash Mehta, helped me find the perfect wine—Morgan Winery's "Cotes du Crow's." This 2008 Rhone blend of Syrah (55%) and Grenache (45%), appellation Monterey, was easy on the fruit (translation = it wasn't a fruit bomb) and complimented the Provencal flavors of the meal. Some wine experts feel that the natural "meatiness" inherent in red Rhone varietals makes it an agreeable match with lamb.
I couldn't agree more.
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