Friday October 30: Michael David Wine Dinner

Michael David Wine Dinner

Menu designed by Mary Beth Harris. (Click to enlarge.)

I’ve got another luscious wine dinner ready to roll out — this time a five-course dinner with pairings by California’s Michael David Winery.

There’s more than a few reasons to be excited for this wine dinner event. Obviously there’s the menu, which I’ve planned for an awesome punch of flavors and textures and seasonal tastes. More about that later.

But there’s also Michael David wines themselves.

As fifth generation growers, Michael David comes out of a long tradition of family farming in the Lodi, California area. Now that’s tradition!

They’ve farmed so long, in fact, that modern organic-like approaches come naturally. As they tell it on their website, Michael David

…strives to use all natural methods including integrated pest management, beneficial insects for pest control, trellising, leaf pulling and natural mined sulfur for mildew control.

It’s not “certified organic,” (and by the way, kind of unfair that you have to prove that you DON’T poison your produce instead of being held to account if you do!) but it’s darn close in my opinion!

We’ll get five pours from their various wines to go with the Friday night menu. So let me tell you about that.

The menu

First Course

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup. Wine: Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon.

Second Course

Cheese Plate. Wine: Petite Petit Sirah/Verdot blend.

Third Course

Bouillabaise. Wine: Rage Zinfandel.

Fourth Course

Duck Breast with Mashed Pumpkin and Caramelized Onion Casserole. Wine: Gluttony Zinfandel.

Fifth Course

Dark Chocolate Torte. Wine: Sloth Zinfandel.

Red wine heaven

This is shaping up to be one of my most adventuresome and warm wine dinners yet. With an emphasis on shades of red, along with hearty fall flavors, subtly sweet and savory accents, and a wine rep from Michael David on hand to answer any of your questions, I’m sure it’s going to be a culinary night to remember. And all this for $75 per person!

We are doing rolling seating all night for this special menu from 5-9pm (the restaurant is open until 10, but the last seating for this menu is at 9pm) but you do need reservations. I can do vegetarian or vegan substitutions as long as you have made reservations and given advance warning about the changes. Make reservations by calling 540.886.2851.

Our regular menu is also available all night.

I hope to see you there!

— Mary Beth Harris, Proprietress, AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar

Mary Beth Harris About Mary Beth Harris

Mary Beth Harris is the proprietress of AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar. She's been in the restaurant business for 12 years and is the former owner of The Darjeeling Cafe.