Barrels in the Plaza
Although it’s the 24th annual SLO Wine Country Association’s Roll out the Barrel’s event, it was my first time pouring wine at the grand tasting Barrels in the Plaza event at the historic Mission Plaza. Our Talley table felt fortunate to get paired with Granada Hotel & Bistro this year where Executive Chef Justin Casey designed a Black Mission Fig Crostini with Goat Cheese served up by General Manager Keilah Smith and Matt Corella that was truly a “grown here, made here” Perfect Partner pairing with our 2012 Estate Pinot Noir.
It was a beautiful sunny evening and the air was filled with sexy sounds of gypsy swing music thanks to the Hot Club of SLO band. We also poured our Talley Vineyards 2012 Estate Chardonnay which went beautifully with the kale salad being served by Mother’s Tavern to the left of us and our 2012 Bishop’s Peak Cabernet Sauvignon which was a perfect match with Chipwrecked’s Potato Chip with Blue Cheese crumbles and Balsamic Reduction. In between pouring for the packed crowd I even managed to sneak in some wine tastes from our friends at Wolff Vineyards - an elegant 2011 Petite Sirah - as well as a delicious 2011 Brut Rose from Laetitia Vineyard and Winery.
My favorite part of the event was the camaraderie and “behind the table trading” of treats and tastes amongst the all the wineries and restaurant staff. As busy as we all were serving up our wares, we managed to develop an instant rapport with all of our table mates. Set to good music, good weather and happy event-goers, it was a beautiful event and I’m glad I got to be a part of it.