Gazpacho, a cold and very flavorful soup, was our first item to be prepared. Not only is this a healthy soup for the new year, but the color and nuances of different vegetables along with the garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar, made this a delicious and light first course.
We were blessed to have winemaker par excellece Don Reha sailing with us. Don is the Executive Winemaker at both Thornton and Orfila Wineries and he presided over the first of several wine tastings scheduled for the week. We tasted Thornton’s non-vintage Brut Reserve Methode Champenoise Sparkling Wine, Sans Oak Chardonnay, Cabernet-Merlot and finally the incredible Estate Syrah, accompanied by a selection of fruit and cheeses.