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
The entrée course is the perfect poultry-wine pairing, according to Simile. “The vineyard is so far west—the westernmost in Russian River Valley—that the cool condition allows the grapes to hang on the vines for a long, long time, and they develop rich, intense flavors and beautiful acidity,” she says. “Yet the wine is medium-bodied, making it a good match for poultry, both on the plate and in the glass.”
Wine pairing: Lynmar Hawk Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir