Thursday, September 10, 2020
Sonoma County Greatness/J.Pedroncelli Winery/La Gare French Restaurant
Recently Ienjoyed a great get together with Chef roger at La Gare French restaurant.Gina met me at the restaurant and brought a couple great wines from J.Pedroncelli.This winery has been featured at La Gare for many years,and brings together two great reasons to always enjoy Sonoma Country wine country.First we will look at the tasting notes and history of J.Pedroncelli,and then La Gare. Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, two elements remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family farms vineyards, and the family's dedication to making fine wines. From selling grapes to home winemakers during prohibition in order to keep the vineyards going, to growing a small base of business during the 1930s and 1940s, to the second generation joining their father: son John becoming winemaker in 1948 followed by Jim in 1955 as sales director, to 1963 when the winery was officially purchased by John and Jim from their father, to growing the line of wines in the 1960s with vineyard expansion and diversification, to the boom time of the 1970s and 1980s along with many changes and additions to our sales base including national sales and export, the third generation coming on board and vineyard replanting in the 1990s to the 21st century refining our focus to restaurants and casual dining/meet-up wine bars and independent wine shops across the nation. to the transfer of ownership of the company to the third generation (now a 70% woman owned company with a woman winemaker!) to the second decade in the new millenium where the fourth generation is coming up the ranks... Nine decades strong, we are still family owned and operated.It all adds up to tradition, heritage and a family of wines you can enjoy with confidence. Our first wine will be the SB from J.Pedroncelli. Tasting Notes Pale yellow, brightly aromatic and very varietally correct-true to the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The clean and fresh flavors are layered with pear, Meyer lemon and tropical fruits. Our Sauvignon Blanc is crisp with notes of citrus, green apple, grass and a touch of minerality. The finish is quite refreshing. Please enjoy upon release or within a year or two as no aging is required. We have two wines today. "Dry Creek Valley's standing as the source of Sauvignon Blanc incomparable for its sense of place is reinforced with this layered and stable interpretation. The fruit is all grapefruit and peach from orchards where nettles also have a benign yet intriguing presence." we will now open the RThree Vineyard Cabernet from J.Pedroncelli! Dark red with purple hints around the edges. Aromas of dark ripe berries, dried herbs and earthy tones introduce this medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft tannins are framed by cherry, plum and blackberry fruit followed by hints of oregano and bay leaf. Great structure and good acidity combine with a spicy finish. Enjoy upon release or cellar up to eight more years. Awesome! Now let's join Chef Roger and Gina at the La Gare French restaurant,afterlearn a little about this great restaurant. La Gare has been a local favorite for almost 40 years and two generations. Serving old world classic French cuisine by using fresh local ingredients, they pride themselves on still including soup and salad with every entree. Known for their tableside carte service and escargot, La Gare was voted most romantic restaurant by the San Francisco Chronicle. La Gare French Restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Rosa’s historic railroad square, Sonoma Wine Country. The restaurant opened in July 1979 by Swiss-born Marco and Gladys Praplan. Their children Jackie and Roger, have taken up the tradition of providing old world French classic cuisine, using fresh local ingredients, in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Always a favorite with the locals, La Gare still offers soup and salad with all entrees as well as table carte side service. Voted most romantic restaurant year after year, La Gare has become the go-to place for birthday and anniversary celebrations. every time I enjoy this great restaurant it is a celebration of Life.So please click on the link below and join me as I visit with chef Roger and Gina.Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy La Gare French Restauarant .