Sokol Blosser Wine Dinner at Hall Street Grill
Monday, April 30th 2012 by
I was lucky enough to accompany two of our rock star Brand Ambassadors, Lee Medina and Kristin Freund, last weekend at a wine dinner they hosted at Hall Street Grill. Sokol Blosser wines ranging from Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to Dessert Riesling were paired with a myriad of fabulous plates from Chef Travis Dickinson. The wines flowed and the food was delectable. I felt the only way to properly capture the evening was through photographs; but even they donít seem to do the dinner justiceÖ if only there was a scratch-n-sniff computer screen...
Chef Travis and Brand Ambassadors Lee and Kristin welcome guests on the outdoor patio at Hall Street Grill.
Guests with a keen interest in good food and wine cheers the dinner and a birthday that fell on the same day.
Crostinis of cured ham with nettle and whisky chicken liver mousse with fig started the dinner (left).
A smoked Idaho trout and farro salad with blood orange, chicories, pecorino and grapefruit paired beautifully with Sokol Blosser 2011 Estate Rose of Pinot Noir (right).Marinated octopus with mustard ice cream and chorizo foam and Sokol Blosser 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris (left).
Rye crusted croquette of smoked pork hock with truffled polenta and marrow aioli severed with Sokol Blosser 2007 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, buckwheat lasagna with spring vegetable and morel succotash with 2008 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir and duck and pancetta galantine with black truffle custard and Pinot Noir reduction with 2009 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (right).
The evening ended sweetly with Sokol Blosser 2005 and 2007 White Dessert Riesling and a candied bacon and hazelnut waffle with fried foie gras and maple cromesquis, smoked white chocolate mousse and amaretto syrup.No doubt about it, the dinner was a success in every way. The wine was showing wonderfully, the food was mouth watering, the service professional and the outdoor patio perfect for a one-in-a-million warm April evening in Oregon.
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