We have a special harvest dinner coming up November 8th, at The Grape, one of the most romantic restaurants in town, which is also a great place to get a stunning plate of food, with a special Sonoma County Cabernet gem called Hidden Ridge with owner Casidy Ward.
Hidden Ridge lies between Mount Hood and Diamond Mountain in the Mayacamas Mountain range near Pride Mountain Winery and Paloma Vineyards. Elevations range from 900’ – 1700’ with the 55 acre vineyard laying at 45 to 55 degree slopes. In the early 1990’s Oklahoma natives Casidy Ward and her hubby Lynn Hofacket purchased the 160 acre property, which at the time was better suited for cattle than grapes, beginning the 6 year process of clearing 55 acres of land in 1995 to build their winery. Focusing solely on 4 clones of Cabernet Sauvignon Hidden Ridge released their first wines with the 2003 vintage and have received acclaim ever since. I had a chance to visit this vineyard and get to know Casidy and Lynn a bit last year. Seeing the site it is amazing that someone thought you could make a vineyard work here. The land is crazy steep, requiring a serious four wheel drive or a helicopter to get to (we opted for the 4 wheel drive), and even the smallest slope feels like a work out when climbing. But, it is also beautiful and ideal or producing interesting, layered and powerful high quality Cabernet Sauvignon.
We will pair the 2006 and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon with each course of our three course meal to see how the flavors open throughout the night, and how the elements of each wine pair with each offering of the dinner. Which is gauranteed to be spectacular.
If you haven’t been to The Grape you are missing out. A 30+ year Dallas institution, now owned by Chef Brian Luscher and his lovely wife, Sommelier Courtney Luscher. An ideal restaurant duo who know make each and every guest feel special, and create interesting pairing combos. The menu is yet to be created but I know it will be filled with seasonal flavors of the fall harvest to pair with this luscious wine.
Proceeds from the night will also benefit The Stewpot. The Stewpot is a not for profit organization started by The First Presbyterian Church on the edge of downtown Dallas with a goal to help our cities homeless by giving them hot meals, in coordination with The Bridge, medical and job assistance, child assistance and help in getting homeless back on their feet on their own.
Gary and I are big believers in the work The Stewpot does, as are Courtney and Brian. We gave a donation to The Stewpot after our birthday event this year, and we are excited to have the proceeds from this dinner, all about celebrating a healthy harvest to this organization that feeds up to 700 Dallas homeless 3 times a day.
Tickets are $80 each and are available via our website, www.dallasuncorked.org.