Sunday, July 25, 2010

Food Night Field Trip

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- You are reading Food Night LIVE, from San Francisco International Airport, where Food Night has just concluded a weekend of EPIC and absolutely game changing proportions. Perhaps you are aware that one of the principle players in Food Night, Mr. Tyler Durden, has fled the Upper Midwest and is back living in his native northern California.

Since life is short, and wine is good, Alex and I hopped on a plane bound for SFO where Mr. Durden collected us in a rented VW Jetta for a weekend that saw us log 800 miles in said German Engineering. That is not a misprint… 8-hondo-miles. I'm pretty sure there isn't an inch of twisted, narrow, paved earth that we didn't navigate between Hollister and Napa

Of course, I’m going to save the details for subsequent posts. But… in keeping with tradition… perhaps a brief taste of the roughly 400 photos I took would provide you with ample motivation to check back frequently for the full deets… yes? Good.

We of course went here….

… which, you knew we would. Not going to Calera on a trip like this would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. In addition to feeling (and probably, acting) like 6 year olds at Disneyland for the first time, during our time at Calera we saw MANY…


… and RARE things.

That right there, ladies and gents, is a 375ml bottle of 1978 Calera Reed Pinot Noir that resides in Calera's wine cellar. In 1975, Josh Jensen planted pinot noir in three separate parcels of land on Mt. Harlan that he named the Selleck, Jensen and Reed vineyards. So we are assuming that bottle has got to be one of the first single vineyard Pinot Noirs Calera ever produced. Incredible!

Besides going to Calera, and six other wineries, we ate some fabulous food...

... and basked in the glow of how lucky we were to have been hooked up so royally at some WORLD CLASS wineries. So did we have a good time? How about I let Mr. Durden tell you….

And he isn’t excited about the price of gas there, I can tell you that! We have got lots and lots of pictures and experiences to share with you fabulous Food Nighters. So reserve some time to check back soon for the next installment of FOOD NIGHT FIELD TRIP. We’ll be right back…

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