Everything served is minimally processed with no hormones, antibiotics, sucralose, aspartame or MSG. We savored Santa Maria Tri Tip sandwiches, Tuscan chicken with basil aioli, roasted veggies on multi-grain, a coastal croissant with turkey, bacon and avocado and a mouth-watering tri tip chili.
The tasting room is right next door to Will's Fargo restaurant and bar, part of the Holman Ranch holdings. I've dined at Will's Fargo before and have been consistently blown away by the quality of the food, the presentation, atmosphere and service.
Raicilla is still produced on small family ranches using handcrafted artisanal practices. Many brand names are the family names that produce the spirit as they take pride in their labor-intensive creation.
On to our third course and two wonderful fish dishes—Wild Alaskan Salmon plated with a citrus rice and spicy eggplant and paired with Chamisal Vineyards Pinot Noir from Edna Valley and a perfectly prepared Seared Alaskan Halibut served with horseradish sunchoke puree and a cherry tomato relish accompanied by Domaine Dupeuble Gamay from Beaujolais. Oh, but we were just getting to the main course!
The restaurant overlooks Monterey Bay and features a spacious dining room and cozy bar. My server told me I needed to try the prime rib eggrolls and am I glad she did! Oh so tasty with shaved prime rib, caramelized onions and a three cheese blend.
We chose to walk in the footsteps on the Impressionists aboard Panache, marrying art with our wine tastings. Excursions on our tour included Auvers-sur-Oise, the last home and final resting place of Vincent Van Gogh, Giverny, the home of Claude Monet’s house and garden, and several Impressionism museums.