My good friend, James King, organized a wonderful winemaker dinner with Bill Owen from OS Winery (formerly Owen-Sullivan) at Le Gourmand in Ballard. Bill brought a nice selection of his wines and I finally got to taste his exquisite Petite Verdot that won a Double Gold at the Seattle Wine Awards.
|(Left) Le Gourmand isn’t a large restaurant and our table of eleven took up about half the restaurant. Nearly half the members of our wine club showed up along with a few of their friends. (Right) Spinach, Radish and Spring Onion Soup finished with White Truffle Oil paired with a 2008 O•S Riesling Champoux Vineyard.
|(Left) House-made Pork Sausage with Merlot-Braised Cabbage paired with a 2005 O•S R3 (a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) and a 2006 O•S Red Wine. (Right) Sea Breeze Farm Osso Bucco with Cèpes and Cabernet-Pressings Sauce paired with 2005 Ulysses (a blend of 42% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 26% Cabernet Franc), a 2005 O•S BSH (a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 17% Merlot), and a 2004 Savigny-Lavières Domaine Camus Bruchon.
|(Left) Salade Le Gourmand: Lettuces, Greens, and Edible Flowers in Blackwood Canyon Chardonnay Vinaigrette paired with 2006 O•S Petite Verdot and a 2008 O•S Elephant Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. (Right) The Montmorency Sour-Cherry Clafoutis with Aprium Coulis and Cherry Pit Ice Cream paired extremely well with the 2007 Sparkling Riesling Champoux Vineyard with 6% residual sugar.
|(Left) Five of the nine wines we had that evening. Bill brought plenty of wine that night but we still ordered the Savigny-Lavières, not that I’m complaining. (Right) Winemaker, Bill Owen, chef, Bruce Naftaly, and wine educator and event planner, James King.
Many thanks to James for arranging this dinner from San Diego. That in itself is quite the feat. I think everyone had a great time and left at the end of the evening, feeling content, satisfied and hopefully not too inebriated. If you’re interested in having your own wine event, take a look at his web site and shoot him an email.