Just a lazy Sunday (well, lazy for JD and me) at the Valencia Wine Company, where Guy and Jeff and Julie were running around like very busy wine people, while pairing some exquisite wines with burgers and sandwiches.
I never actually got the name of the folks whose truck was there doing the catering - and as soon as I get it, I will publish it. They were great! Follow-up note - info just in from Julie: The caterers were Elvis and Einsteins.
Cabernet Blue Cheese Burger with Cabernet peppercorn sauce - Blogger extraordinaire Eve Hammond Bushman and I each had one, along with crazy delicious crunchy garlic fries with Parmesan cheese and arugula. This was paired with a 2006 Crescendo Cabernet Sauvignon. O. M. G. If you look at the photo, there is an olive wrapped in bacon and deep-fried tooth-picked to the top of the burger, which also included lettuce, tomato, bacon, and red sauce. Just the best burger I have ever had.
Billion Dollar Bite - bib lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, Smoked Gouda,topped with a tomato jalapeno relish
Shoreline Club - Grilled Chicken breast with provolone, bacon, avocado,tomato, bib lettuce, with a Tomato Port aioli
Bruschetta Burger - Marinara Goat Spread, Marinated Tomato basil
The Wildcard - Grilled Sirloin Burger with Ginger BBQ Hot Mustard Sauce, Shrimp Fritter with Sweet Soy and Spicy Mayo. JD enjoyed one of these babies, paired with a 2005 Pope Valley Merlot. After he pulled off the offending tomatoes and peppers, he settled in and finished it off.
We needed more wine, and we were sitting outside, where it was getting very hot, so we got an icy Bellussi Prosecco. It was crisp and very fruity, and sort of reminded me of those fruit-flavored sparkling waters. JD and Steve W. (new friend) and I really liked it, but Eve thought it was too sweet. Or something. Oh well.
It was just lovely to sit and chat, especially sharing a table with Eve, who knows pretty much everyone in Santa Clarita and Valencia! The place was bustling, everyone seemed happy - a darn near perfect day!
Tomorrow, I start 2 days of intensive instruction about Spanish wines. Stay tuned!!