I can't remember the last time I had so much fun at an empty restaurant. It's 11 a.m., Foremost Wine Company is preparing for the night's customers, and I am fortunate enough to be seated in the middle of their vast dining room, surrounded by foliage and fantastic smells. The first dish that arrives sets the tone: a happy little deviled egg with pickled mustard seed, cornichon pickle, chive, and compressed apple.
Longtime former host of The Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor has always reminded us to "be well, do good work, and keep in touch." Well, this column is my way of keeping in touch, and in my book, there is no "gooder" work than that of farming the best wine grapes around. Once harvest subsides, we will all "be very well" indeed, as we kick back and enjoy the fruits of yet another vintage. For now, though, it's all blood, sweat, and tears.
Here's the big question, friends: Would you like some cheese in your drink? Heck yes! Try Paso Robles-based Hatch Rotisserie's new drink, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant: Vodka, basil eau de vie, roma tomato water, smoked salt, cracked pepper, and—the whopper—pimento cheese-stuffed olives (Follow @thehatchrotisserie on Instagram for more ridiculously appealing offerings) ... Krobar Craft Distillery in Paso Robles has finally made a spirit that will match my favorite lipstick perfectly!
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Selecting a term
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