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.
The kitchen, with its long rustic table, beautifully set with fresh flower centerpieces, invites guests to breakfasts crafted by its talented chefs. Fresh fruit, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice is followed by a main breakfast entrée. Our Huevos Rancheros, “Ranchers Eggs”, was made with eggs from the vineyard chickens, accompanied by homemade salsa, fresh guacamole and beans.
The Dixie Chicken restaurant had caught my eye on previous visits. On this day we made it our lunch stop. The food's good and the beer's cold and if you're in the area I recommend it. It's easy to see why it's an Aggie tradition.