Lexus Grand Tasting @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2009

Welcome to Foodie Paradise! If you can only go to one event during Pebble Beach Food & Wine this is it. You’ll find a little bit of everything here…famous chefs serving up their tasty bites, 100’s of wines from premiere wineries, cookbook signings, photo ops and panels. The slide show below will show all the highlights. Mike and I have decided Pebble Beach Wine & Food will be a yearly event for us.

Noteworthy dishes & wines:


My favorite dish: Michael Schulson's braised pork belly and kimchi slider. This was sweet & spicy an awesome combo.


Mike's favorite dish: Cindy Pawlcyn's duck burger. Sweet & Succulent.


Most clever dish: Mark Estee's BLT (pork belly,romaine ice cream, tomato gelee on a mini english muffin)

Best red wine: O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Best white wine: Morlet Vineyards “La Proportion Doree” Sonoma County
Best wine find: Terrazas de los Andes “Cheval” 2005
*tons more of Mike’s wine analysis can be found at the end of this post!

*to turn the groovy accompanying music on/off, click on the speaker in the top left corner

Tips for those going for the first time:

  • Many online food communities had discounts for this event including FoodBuzz and Zagat about 1 week before. I even saw some cheaper tickets on Craigslist.
  • Make sure you pick up a map from the guy working the entrance to 17 mile drive. One wrong turn and you’ll be lost.
  • If going to a cooking demo and you have a cookbook from the featured Chef bring it with you. Usually there is a signing after the demo. They also sell books on site.

Check out more of Mike’s wine notes here…


Talk about wine heaven!! I could go on and on about all the great wines we tasted and wonderful winemakers we met, but that would take hours. Here are the best of the best:

Morlet Family Vineyards ‚ÄúLa Proportion Doree‚ÄĚ Sonoma County White Wine

A beautiful Bordeaux Blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Nice lemony and honeysuckle flavors, perfect for a warm summer evening. Very refreshing. Luc Morlet poured the wine himself and explained his family’s passion for wine making. I can’t wait to visit the winery in St. Helena.

Twomey Cellars Merlot 2005

A big, bold, voluptuous Merlot that is well balanced and full of intense currant, black pepper and blackberry flavors. This is the style of Merlot that put the varietal on the map over a decade ago and is not produced as much as I wished it was. Just fabulous.

O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Wow. This elegant Cab was amazingly smooth and ready to drink now or to be cellared for 10 years. Nice cherry and tobacco aroma followed by coffee, raspberry and chocolate flavors with a hint of vanilla on the finish. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon with five other varietals help to give this robust wine a delicate balance…. and how could I pass up an Irish winemaker!!

Terrazas de los Andes

Malbec 2006: delightful, floral and plum aroma and flavors with a hint of coffee.

Cheval de los Andes 2005: Incredible Bordeaux blend from Argentina. Great deep ruby color, spicy aroma with vibrant black cherries and currants followed with a hint of mineral on the finish. Just an absolutely incredible wine.

Wines of Germany: Mosel

Nicole loves Rieslings so we had to stop here. Geoff Kruth was pouring and he went the extra mile to explain all about the various varietals (Rieslings are new to me). Nicole loved the Monchhof 2007 Riesling Kabinett because it was the sweetest. I liked the C.H. Berres 1996 Riesling Spatlese for it’s tartness and complexity.

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