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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Wineland, Part 2

On Sunday, we woke up to a chilly foggy morning.

Our first stop was Armida. They were voted #1 Zin producer in 2016. 

I loved their Poizin bottle but unfortunately not the zin inside the bottle.

Our next stop was thumbprint cellars in downtown Healdsburg. They had their 6th annual "Mac Off." JK's Catering offered a truffle mac and cheese that had peas and vegetables in it. It had a nice truffle flavor and in our group, it came in 2nd.

Kinsmoke had the creamiest mac and cheese but the Velveeta was too prominent. This came in 3rd.

First place went to Persimmon on the Square. This was a very unique green curry mac and cheese. It was my favorite.

We walked down the street to La Crema. They served a Duck Cassoulet that was delicious. It was paired with 2013 Fog Veil Pinot Noir.

Next up was SIMI Winery. They had a muffuleta that was better than Central Grocery in New Orleans. I loved their homemade olive tapenade. It paired so nicely with their Zin.

At Soda Rock Winery, there was a large metal boar that was displayed at Burning Man 2016. 

Coq Au Vin was the offering at Soda Rock. I really liked their 2014 White Entourage and at $144 per case, it was a great deal.

Our next stop was Lancaster Estate. This was the first time in a decade they had participated in Winter Wineland. They poured a Sauvignon Blanc when you arrived.

In their cave, they served an amazing chili--I think it had chipotle in it. It paired well with their Sophia's Hillside Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon. If you wanted to try other wines, it was an additional $10.

One of their sister wineries was Chalk Hill Estate. They served a corn and clam chowder paired with their 2014 Estate Chardonnay. Chalk Hill also charged $10 for additional tastings.

Right across the street was Roth Estate. They had a broccoli cheese chowder.

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