Dinner With Friends
One of the great privileges of a winery is the experience of being at the nexus of wine, food and friends. Last Saturday, we had an intimate dinner with a few members of ‘Friends of Lynn’, our proprietors club. The members of this group are dear friends and their friends who love Lynmar wine.
Stacy, the extraordinary concierge to Friends of Lynn, created a concept for a Spring table, with daffodil yellow as the central player. The long table was dressed in a soft cloth with shades of yellow and gray. Small containers of daffodils lined the middle of the table in a neat row, only interrupted by a bowl of bright yellow lemons adding saucy cheer. Amber chargers defined the place setting at each seat and fresh Frette napkins enclosed the carefully thought out menu. Riedel stems sparkled in the last rays of sunshine that streamed through the windows as the guests came into the room.
The first course, a salad of estate grown leaf lettuce and grilled garden asparagus with golden beets, crispy bacon and ginger tangerine dressing paired perfectly with the 2008 Quail Hill Estate Chardonnay. The five couples began conversations across the table about the weather, the roads and the effect of unusually high rainfall on the vines. The bouquet of spring flowers, orange blossom and acacia combined with notes of lemon and lime were a testament to thoughtfulness of Stacy’s table!
The main course was an exquisitely edgy combination of pan roasted filet of salmon with curried green lentils accompanied by ginger buttered baby carrots with garden leek and brown basmati rice pilaf, a nod to the my Indian heritage. This was served with the 2008 Terra De Promissio, a structured earthy Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, defined by notes of violets and black pepper. By now our group had begun the more personal, biographical conversations delightedly realizing the six or fewer degrees of separation, discovering common friends and colleagues.
The cheese course with the three Sonoma County cheeses provided a break for Stacy to bring in Block 10, a block designate from Quail Hill Vineyard which debuted this year. It was hard to stop the conversation as our group had bonded and our discussion was warmer, more connected. We talked about what made us feel vulnerable and how we cope with the obstacles of life. Seeing this through the lens of nine other people was a deeply touching and enriching experience.
So, one of the great gifts of Lynmar, to Lynn and me is the opportunity for these long, lingering meals with friends, enhanced by the beauty of the wines, the serenity of the landscape and the bounty of the earth.