Winery Truffle Lunch Hosted by Shadybrook Estate Winery

Dr. Paul Thomas, Alice & David Alkosser, Robert Chang

Winery Truffle Lunch Hosted by Shadybrook Estate Winery

This past weekend’s Napa Truffle Festival took us to one of Napa’s newest winery settings in the Coombsville appellation in Napa – Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch. The Saturday afternoon luncheon was set on the beautiful expansive terrace of the stunning winery estate. Mother nature delivered a spectacular sunny warm day with gentle breezes and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Guests sipped the extraordinary wines of Shadybrook beautifully paired with the truffle lunch prepared by Michelin star Chef Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant. Chef was also assisted in the estates fabulous commercial kitchen by Napa Truffle Festival Host Chef, Ken Frank.

Upon arrival to Shadybrook Estate, proprietors Alice and David Alkosser graciously welcomed arriving guests to the luncheon which added such a personal touch to the afternoon’s experience. Also greeting the guests was of course the Chief Truffle Officer Robert Chang and his business partner in the American Truffle Company, Dr. Paul Thomas. Guests were given a royal tour of the Estate’s winery and grounds by winemaker Rudy Zuidema and Associate Winemaker, Michael Andrews, along with an introduction to the newly revamped Equestrian center and guests were happily entertained by the friendly horses on the stables.

Bay area foodie for CBS Radio, “Foodie Chap” – Liam Mayclem, was also on hand and of course entertained his surrounding guests at the beautifully adorned long, white banquet table on the veranda of the winery. Chef Kreuther came out of the busy kitchen to deliver delicious descriptions of the day’s luncheon menu course by course and Shadybrook Estate winemaker, Rudy Zuidema, spoke in depth about the wine pairings.

Both Alice and David Alkosser have long possessed a love affair with the land. After a series of acquisitions and redevelopment projects in the hills of Coombsville, they decided to create and estate where all of their dreams could be realized. In order to fulfill their passion with their pledge for excellence. Since their first vintage release in 2010, Shadybrook Estate wines have risen to the top in local, national and international wine tastings.

The Menu and the Shadybrook Estate Wines!!! All memorably amazingly delicious! As Liam Mayclem commented on the afternoon’s luncheon, “Chef nailed it, we inhaled it!”

Foie Gras Terrine, Black Truffle & Pistachio Praline, Medjool Date Jam, Fennel Pollen Waffle

FIRST COURSE

Foie Gras Terrine, Black Truffle &Pistachio Praline, Medjool Date Jam, Fennel Pollen Waffle paired with 2014 Platine Blanc – a White Bordeaux Blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc

Porcini Gnocchetti, Main Lobster, Black Truffle Sauce Americaine

SECOND COURSE

Porcini Gnocchetti, Maine Lobster, Black Truffle Sauce Americaine Paired with 2014 Estate V Red Blend – a Claret Style Bordeaux Blend based with Cabernet Franc

Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Salsify, Potato Dumpling, Sauce Perigourdine

MAIN COURSE

Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Salsify, Potato Dumpling, Sauce Perigourdine Paired with 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – The Finest Cabernet Lots from the Shadybrook Coombsville Estate

Pure Caraide Baba, Beereweka Fruits Chutney, Kirsch Ice Cream

DESSERT

Pure Caraibe Baba, Beereweka Fruits Chutney, Kirsch Ice Cream Paired with 2014 Malbec, Shadybrook Estate’s Unique Expression of this Variety only 97 cases produced

A few fun photos of the afternoon:

Robert Chang with a Friendly Shadybrook Estate Horse

Chef Gabriel Kreuther preparing the 2nd course

Chef Ken Frank – Cheers to another Successful Napa Truffle Festival Luncheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winery Truffle Lunch Hosted by Shadybrook Estate WineryDynie Sanderson
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