Christopher Prepares The Holiday Feast: Part IV, Night Foraging

Post Summary:
4488: A Ridge Blog celebrates the launch of the Ridge Vineyards 2013 Holiday Offerings by pledging to prepare each of the six signature Wine & Food pairings featured in the 2013 Ridge Vineyards Holiday Feast

This post constitutes In Which Christopher Prepares The Holiday Feast: Part IV: Night Foraging

Highlights include:

-The Search for the Yeti of the Fungi world; i.e. Night Foraging

-A truly wonderful letter from someone who recently prepared this dish for a VERY SPECIAL OCCASION

And of course, the on-video preparation of Dish #4 in our Holiday Feast: 2011 Lytton Springs w/ Slow Roasted Rack Of Lamb, Foraged Mushroom Fricassee & Chestnut-Sage Gremoulata!

To advance to Episode IV, please scroll down to the conclusion of the post, or, just click the image below to go straight to our YouTube page, and the full video series:


I have always found the world of wine & food to be a blessed reconciliation of the elegant and the irreverent; the playful and the contemplative, the indulgent and the appreciative; the formalized and the spontaneous; the spiritual and the sensual.

At the center of these myriad crossroads is a point at which experience and ritual are enacted, and it is here that wine inhabits its most royal vestments.

Wine is our liquid of ritual, and food is our offering; to ourselves, to our loved ones, to the world of the ten thousand things.

To be as immersed in this world as I am is a fortunate thing.

And this I know.

Yet still, there are times when I am recalled again to the true center of these magic crossroads; when I am reminded again just how magic it can all truly be.

The path towards this post has been just such a time, and I accordingly wish to share something with you; an excerpt from a letter recently received by Ridge, regarding the very dish that is the focus of this post:

“I would like to thank the person at the winery who developed the recipes for the Ridge Holiday Feast.  Yesterday was my 80th birthday and for dinner I made the Slow Roasted Rack of Lamb with the Foraged Mushroom Fricassee and Chestnut-Sage Gremoulata. I paired it with a 2006 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel which I decanted 12 hours before dinner. My wife and our guests believe it was one of the finest meals we have ever eaten. It will go down in our recipe book of dinners to make again even on not so special occasions.”

It stops you in your tracks. It is a Zen Koan by which to transcend Samsara. It is humbling. It is heart-warming. It is perfect. Thank you.

And thank you all for joining us; at the glass, at the table; at the heart.

All the very best to you and yours this holiday season.

And a Very Happy Birthday to you, kind soul. A Very Happy Birthday indeed.


And with that, Night Foraging!

Categories: Christopher Prepares The Holiday Feast, Events, Food & Wine Pairing, Lytton, Lytton Springs, Offerings, RIDGE Staff, Varietals & Blends, Video, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & Food Pairing, Wine & Music, Wine & Spirituality, Wine & The Holidays, Zinfandel

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