Tablas Creek Vineyards in located in Paso Robles. This winery is known for their Rhone Varieties, and while Vermentino is a little out of the Rhone (although it is grown there under the name Rolle) it is a variety of grape that thrives in the soils and climates you find at Tablas Creek.
It is bright and minerally and we put a jar of wet stones next to it for people to smell. It was amazing to see people dip their nose into the glass then into the jar and watch the look of realization and surprise come across their faces.
People always think that tasting notes sound so snooty with the wild things sommeliers say they can smell in a wine. Having it right there and smelling it opened their noses to trying to smell other things in the wines!
Vermentino pairs great with many things, but unlike so many other wines, it is great with green vegetables, so we paired this with a pesto.
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Ricotta, Buffalo Mozzarella, Goat Cheese, Pecorino, Feta
try serving at 55 degrees
warming it slightly will release more aromas
no need to decant
Chicken tacos, Fish Tacos, Halibut, Salmon, Crab Cakes, Grilled Octopus, Roasted Trout, Garlic and Rosemary, Fried Mussels, Fennel-spiced Pork Sausages, Proscuitto-wrapped melons, Clams and freshly made spaghetti, Roasted Quail