He loves Sangiovese, but says it’s a challenge because many people aren’t familiar with it. Once you tell them it’s the principal grape in Chianti, they get it. He loves the fact that it’s a “triple threat”, meaning you can produce a red, rosé or sparkling wine from it.
Sous chef Anthony Bartolotta displayed a huge wheel of Danish blue cheese and proceeded to make an amazing blue cheese dressing that topped grilled romaine lettuce. Grilled lettuce? Absolutely. Try it sometime. It's delicious.
As a final course, we were treated to a coconut macaroon torte served with a luscious white chocolate Grand Mariner crème. (Now you must be salivating.) What could make this dish more wonderful? A bright ruby Chocolate Strawberry wine that was full of fruit and strawberry aromas, yet on the palate had a mild chocolate taste that was only slightly sweet and did not overpower the delicious dessert
Steve chose to give us a taste of what he says is their most popular lunch item: a butter poached lobster grilled cheese sandwich which he says tongue-in-cheek should come with a side of Lipitor. The lobster is poached in water and butter, then placed on toasted sourdough, loaded with bacon and white cheddar and more butter.
"I take great pride in making wine that sells in the single digits or low to mid teens that people like. I want people to drink wine. I don't want it to be a secret club where you need to know a certain handshake to get in."
Under the direction of Jon McPherson, he dragged hoses, cleaned and shoveled out tanks, driving from San Bernardino to Temecula and back three to four times a week. He was hired on across the street at Callaway Winery where he managed the tasting room and worked in the lab.