What a perfect way to start the week – meeting up with a handful of influential food and wine writers and videographers to taste, Tweet and then upload inventive food and wine pairings featuring the wines of ArborBrook Vineyards and haute cuisine of Metrovino.
Metrovino owner Todd Steele and ArborBrook Vineyards proprietor Dave Hansen sat down with the group and participated in the engaging and intimate fête de Facebook a.k.a. food and wine ReTweet.
Executive Chef Gregory Denton surprised and delighted guests with delectible tastes that paired beautifully with select ArborBrook Vineyards wines.
Chef Denton presented the following menu:
An amuse-bouche cream soup with chip then….
avocado, blood orange and shiso
HOUSE-SMOKED TROUT & CUCUMBER SALAD
green apple, maple-braised pork belly, celery and shallot vinaigrette
ArborBrook Vineyards 2009 Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Gris
PEA SPROUT & RADICCHIO RISOTTO
with oyster mushroom “stroganoff”
ArborBrook Vineyards 2009 “Heritage Cuvee” Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
CONFIT OF MOULARD DUCK
spinach, butternut squash and alby’s gold potato, lentil and leek vinaigrette
ArborBrook Vineyards 2009 “Estate 777 Block” Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
BRIAR ROSE CREAMERY CHEVRE
local honey, poached bosc pear and truffled pistachios
ArborBrook Vineyards 2007 “Sydney” Klipsun Vineyard Semillon
Briar Rose Creamery Chevre with ArborBrook
Vineyards 2007 “Sydney” Semillon
As stand-alones, the wines and food are of exceptional quality. Chef Denton explained his philosophy on working with local farms whenever possible and serving up what’s in season. And, ArborBrook Vineyards proprietor shared about his vineyard and the other “grand cru” classe vineyards he sources his fruit from to make his highly acclaimed small lot wines. Together, Denton’s rich, savory dishes fully brought out the expression of ArborBrooks’s wines, carefully balancing the fruit character, acids, richness and texture.
ArborBrook Vineyards wines are currently served at Metrovino.