On a fall evening, a story of hard work and fresh flavors unfold on a table set for a group of alfresco diners in Sonoma Valley, California.
Photo: Coral von Zumwalt
After it’s aging, a glass of chardonnay is finally ready for a toast right before diners dig in to Simile’s first-course salad of baby lettuces with pears and goat cheese. “The wine has notes of citrus, apples, and pears, so adding those flavors to the salad make it chardonnay-friendly,” Simile says. “The acidity from the citrus in the dressing cuts through the creaminess of the goat cheese, while still complementing the wine.”
Wine Pairing: Lynmar Russian River Valley Chardonnay