Lest anyone think we have a thing against LEYE restaurants, here’s the scoop on the very expensive Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars tasting tonight at Wildfire. When we say very expensive, we mean $125 for five courses. Not end-of-the-world expensive, but pretty ballsy for a Monday night. One can assume that, for the price, the Monday night seafood blues will not apply to the wood roasted halibut with coconut, ginger broth and steamed manilla clams (the first course, to be paired with SLWC “Karia” Chardonnay ‘05). And there will be roasted beef tenderloin, artisan cheeses, and chocolate cake, none of which should surprise the reader with a passing familiarity of Wildfire’s competent culinary conservativism.
But before you roll your eyes and move onto the next thing, there’s a reason why this event is so pricy; Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is one of the most renowned wineries in Napa Valley. Remember when we discussed the Judgement of Paris last week? That was the wine tasting in Paris in 1976 where American wines bested French in a blind taste test. Well, placing first in the Judgement was SLWC’s 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon (a bottle of which is kept in the Smithsonian). At tonight’s tasting, an ‘04 Cab will be paired with the beef, and an ‘03 with the cheeses. So if you go, you’re paying for the wine, but it’s a bargain: that 2003 Cab - the one with the cheeses - retails for $80. Feel free to ask for a top off.
[Photo: SLWC Shop]