To that end, Field to the Fork will allow attendees to wander through the vineyards moving to various food stations tasting the freshest ingredients prepared by 14 world-class chefs, sipping estate-grown local wines from 10 different wineries or enjoying hand crafted beer from nationally honored breweries that are located right here.
All went well for several years until the winemaker who was leasing announced he was soon leaving. After months of looking for a new leasee and also searching her own mind and heart, Terri went to work in January 2006 at a new career – winery owner. As you might expect from a resourceful savvy businesswoman, she knew it would take a top-notch team for Keyways to remain in business.
The Tesoro philosophy has built a strong social community in several short years. It started with the Old Town Tasting Room itself – in the heart of both day and night life, open late after most country wineries have closed, a warm and friendly stopping place and destination.
In many ways a fine cheese is like a fine wine, Barrie explained. They are both artisanal products made by passionate people dedicated to high quality. The gleam in Dorian’s eyes as she enthusiastically, lovingly described each of the superb wines echoed the agreement.
There they sat as if atop a cake – a beautiful bride and groom fully dressed for their nuptials. It turns out that the couple had been married at Ponte two weeks earlier and returned with their entire wedding party to stomp into wedded bliss. And yes, the bride was a crusher in her gorgeous wedding dress. This I had to see.
The word “ikal” means poetry in Mayan native languages and 1150 refers to the meters above sea level (about 400 ft.) where the winery sits in the majestic Andes mountains. The elevation being free of insects and mold allows Ikal to create gravity fed winemaking without pesticides. Rocky Andes mountain soil, optimal growing temperatures, and pure snow-melt water combine to produce a concentration and complexity of flavors that I found to be truly poetic in nature.
Throughout the evening both Chef Francesco and his wife Filippa circulated charming everyone with their genuine warmth and hospitality. Owner Mike Rennie represented Leonesse and it appeared the entire Renzoni clan was there, continuing to celebrate Robert and Leila’s recent marriage.
But wait, there’s more. On to the main course of “Roasted Pork Loin with Guinness Stout Glaze,” which requires a 12 oz bottle of beer. Chef Marty says that beer should never be bought in odd numbers and recommends employing the phone-a-friend option for remaining beers. I’m now begging Mr. W to cue the crane to get me out of my seat.