Pizza and Wine. Pizza and Wine. Pizza and Wine.
I just like to say it. Over and over.
In fact, before she was born, I wanted to name my daughter “Pizza”, just so I could spend the rest of my life saying, “I love you Pizza.”
Of course, things didn’t turn out that way, but I still love pizza. And wine. And my daughter. I love her the most. But pizza and wine, that’s definitely up there too.
Anyhow, do you love pizza and wine?
If so, HAVE I GOT AN EVENT FOR YOU!!!
We’re having our very hip-to-sip Fall Release Event at Monte Bello this Saturday, and the very passionate and talented folks at Pizza Politana will be driving their amazing wood-fired-pizza-oven-truck right up our mountain to personally serve their widely heralded, locally sourced offerings. (Sunset Magazine writes, “The Temescal Farmer’s Market is ground-zero for gourmands, and Chez Panisse alum Joel Baecker bakes its best new grub — beautifully blistered pizzas — in his portable wood-burning oven.”). Which is very excellent. And, we’ll be releasing new vintages of Monte Bello Chardonnay and Cabernet, plus new Lytton Springs, Pagani Ranch, and York Creek! Nice.
Anyhow, at the time I confirmed Pizza Politana’s participation, I didn’t even know yet what pizzas were going to be served. I was running on faith.
But then came the Petaluma Farmer’s Market, where I met up with Ryan Moore (our Director of Direct-to-Consumer Sales), and the very excellent Pizza Politana folks. I brought the wine, they brought the za, and this, believe you me, was a tasting!
And now, we have the menu. The pairings. The pizza and wine pairings. Pizza and Wine, Pizza and Wine, Pizza and Wine.
First up, the new 2008 Monte Bello Chardonnay. For my money, one of the best Monte Bello Chardonnays we’ve ever produced; quintessential cool-climate mountain fruit, showing tremendous acidity, minerality, and yeast characteristics, with a lovely round body, great complexity, and a dangerous quaffability. And to go with it? Dig this!
Know what kind of pizza this is? Check this out:
And how about this lil’ baby, to go with the new, powerful, structured, and intense 2009 Lytton Springs?
Yeah, that looks good. Dig the profile:
Man, this thing is so crazy flavorful …
But then along comes Monte Bello! The new 2008 is beyond fantastic (I bought in HARD on my personal futures order; the whole hog!) and it requires a pizza of maximum flavorishishness. Behold:
Ridge’s red wine sausage (meaning, sausage made with our wine!)
Um, yup. That’ll do.
So, with all that said, you best get yer tickets with a quickness. As I said, this thang is just about sold out. I hope you can come. Pizza and Wine. Pizza and Wine. Pizza and Wine.
I love you Pizza.