|Third 2019 WC-TG-AWS Event
MORE PASO PLEASURES Cass Vineyard & Winery Dinner
with Doug Cass
TUESDAY, March 19, 7:00 pm
|at Grange Kitchen, 118 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor|
A couple of years back we enjoyed over dinner at Terry B's a range of Paso Robles wines made by Vina Robles and presented by its sales director. The Vina Robles range leaned toward Bordeaux varieties. We return to Paso Robles the eve of spring 2019 hoping its wines bring some of the region's warmth and sunshine our way.
Paso Robles, mid way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and 25 miles inland from the Hearst Castle, is one of California Central Coast's mildest winegrowing regions thanks to a high stretch of the Coast Range that shields it from oceanic influences. Nights are cool in some sectors though, thanks to a breech in the range called the Templeton Gap, through which cool air flows after sunset.
Cass Vineyard covers 145 acres of vines at 900 feet just east of the gap. It was founded in 2000 by Steve Cass, recently retired from Charles Schwab. Today, Steve and his sons Bryan and Doug, manage the enterprise. It's twice been awarded 'Best Winery' by the Central Coast winemakers' association. In charge of sales, Doug Cass maintains a home in Michigan. Whether the family's Michigan associations date back to territorial governor Lewis Cass is a question yet to be asked. Or a relation to Bruce Cass, author of Wineries of North America, who did a Tasters Guild dinner for us decades back at Moveable Feast?
Cass Vineyard does offer a fine cabernet sauvignon, which we'll enjoy. Unlike Vina Robles though, most of its varietals are Rhone Valley founded, including its Mr. Blanc, one of the finest California marsanne-roussanne whites I've tasted. This one's on the docket too.
Samples of the Cass range will be delivered to Grange Kitchen's chef-proprietor Brandon Johns and staff this week for the purpose of menu conception. The menu will be posted and emailed to you as soon as Brandon forwards it to us. Here's the wine lineup:
Here's the MENU and WINE LIST
Mango Salad, Feta, Thai Basil, Almonds
Kerala Shrimp Curry
Caramelized Beet Risotto, Aged Manchego
Beef Daube, Winter Root Vegetables
Chocolate Surprise from Melissa
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