Chef Seth starts with an eight-day brine, then rubs the brisket with Santa Maria rub and puts it in the fridge for a day before smoking it for two days on a mixture of mesquite and hickory. Words simply don't do it justice.
I remember co-owner Gray Hartley telling me years ago that a guy came in, ordered a glass of wine and then a bottle and his world turned upside-down. The man was Rex Picket, author of the book Sideways. I sat with Frank Ostini, Gray's partner, who told me he knew something was up when director Alexander Payne walked in.
The Grand Tasting , the a culmination of a weeklong city-wide event focusing on engaging, educational and unique winemaker panels and testing seminars, was held at Windfall Farms, a 724-acre thoroughbred horse farm east of Paso Robles. The farm has a Kentucky- style feel with white walls, red brick and steeples.
Pinot lovers are a slightly different breed. They carry a certain air, almost as though they're privy to a secret they don't want to share. It's not really such a mystery. The wine produced from this grape is seductive and sultry.