Sunday, June 30, 2019

Falkner Winery
(Mediterranean Lunch and Wine Tasting)

Dave and Lindsay invited us to the Falkner Winery for their Mediterranean Lunch and Wine Tasting that is reserved for Wine Club Members. Falkner is the the first winery I ever visited in Temecula so it was great to go back and eat at The Pinnacle Restaurant for the first time.

Downstairs in the Barrel Room, we started right away tasting the selection of library wines for the event. Out of the 12, I ended up drinking the 9 listed below, skipping the 2008 & 2011 Syrah's and missing out on the 2012 Cachet.

2006, 2010 & 2013 Library Amante
2009 & 2012 Library Reserve Sangiovese
2005 Library Syrah & 2015 Reserve Syrah
2014 Library Cachet
2006 Library Port

The 2006 Library Amante was my favorite and the 2006 Port was delicious with my dessert. I ended up have two of my glasses aerated with the Wake Up Wine electronic decanter, the 2009 Reserve Sangiovese and 2005 Syrah. It was amazing the difference in taste after one minute of vibration in the decanter.

All four courses prepared by Executive Chef Jason Barradas were so delicious! Our first was the Mediterranean Bruschetta - Buttered Pan-Fried Shrimp with Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Avocado, Cilantro and a Remoulade Aioli on a Garlic Ciabatta Crostini. I ate it very slowly since it was so tasty!

Grilled Peach Salad - Fresh Grilled Peaches with Local Arugula, Burrata Cheese, Pine Nuts and Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Balsamic Reduction Dressing

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint-Mascarpone Pesto, Herbed Carrots, and Roasted Baby Potatoes. Since my wife doesn't eat red meat, they were kind enough to substitute Chicken for the four of us. The others at the table who had the lamb said it was delicious.

Strawberry Panna Cotta with Mint Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Berries, and Crumbled Pistachios. I have never had this Italian dessert which means "Cooked Cream" but I will surely order it in the future!

 After our lunch ended, we walked over to the original wine tasting room and relaxed out on the back lawn. It was a nice balmy day as I tried their Merlot for my 10th and last tasting of the day!

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