My weekend is different from most of yours. It encompasses Wednesday and Thursday each week. The great thing is that if we choose to go somewhere it is typically less crowded. The downfall is that special events in the area typically happen on Saturday and Sunday, so we miss those. But…as most of your weekends are yet to come, maybe I can share what I did over mine and inspire you for yours.
My weekend was nothing exceptional. Lots of relaxing with Michael. Thursday saw us at the Farmer’s Market in the morning, then off to see “The Decendents” and then a relaxing afternoon, reading, researching and playing on the computer and then a nice dinner and finally enjoying our new fire pit out back under the stars.
Before dinner, I heard Michael popping the cork on a bottle of wine, and waited to see what he was bringing out. He had opened a bottle of Poggio alla Pietra Brunello di Sonoma from Petroni Vineyards. We were lucky enough to visit Petroni last year while in Sonoma. A co-worker and friend set up an appointment for us. I must admit this was the first “appointment only” vineyard I had ever visited. The grounds were lovely and Elizabeth the Tasting Room and Events Manager graciously greeted us and set us up out by the pool for our tasting. We had a wonderful time and joined the wine club and the Poggio all a Pietra was one of the first wines we received. This wine is a rich Sangiovese made from the high intensity Sangioves Grosso grapes originally from Matalcino Italy. It is aged in French Oak for 20 months.
We had picked up a quick to fix dinner of steak pinwheels filled with spinach and cheese, butternut squash risotto and asparagus spears in herb butter. Fresh, healthy and quick from “Fresh and Easy” this romantic dinner for two was under $15, before the wine. Normally I would not have steak with a Sangiovese, these tend to go best with pasta in a red sauce, but this wine is bigger and much more intense than your typical Sangiovese. It paired nicely and was a joy to drink on it’s own. You definitely get oak on the nose along with a coolness that I associate with Eucalyptus. It was spicy and rich and deep without the big fruit kick.
If you find yourself in Sonoma, give them a call or visit them at the famous North Beach Restaurant in San Francisco. The vineyards are beautiful and they also produce and outstanding Olive oil! They are currently working on caves built into the side of the mountain under the vineyard. On their website you can find a virtual flyover tour showing the steep terracing and the stunning location.