Held at the Hotel Healdsburg's restaurant, Dry Creek Kitchen, the event was fabulous, as always. We enjoyed chatting with the Spectator crew, along with vintners that Joe and I used to know and work with during our time in Sonoma and Napa. The food was amazing, and we even had the chance to meet celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, who actually sliced our meat (how cool is that?).
We were there with a solid group of Anderson Valley vintners, who we are always happy to see at events. They included Toulouse, Goldeneye, Black Kite, Handley, and Breggo.
The whole premise of the event (obvious in the name) is to bring a magnum of your wine to share. They line up magnum after magnum, throughout the entire restaurant and hotel. Searching for our magnum is always a bit like a treasure hunt, but one where you get a taste of wine every time, even if you don't find the prize. In every room, different food items are being served, from fresh oysters, to charcuterie, pizzas and more. And, because Marvin Shanken also publishes Cigar Aficionado magazine, really good cigars are passed around at the end of the evening.
Here are a few photos of us at the event, and a link to the Web site, where we actually made the cut for the photo short list! haha
|Foursight Winemaker, Joe Webb, and Breggo Cellar Master, Dan Rivin|
|Joe Webb & Kristy Charles, enjoying the event|