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The Ryland Inn Wine Series Dinner – Bodegas Finca Allende


Left to Right: Ray Ankton, Anthony Bucco, Rosario Toscano, Miguel Angel de Gregorio

Left to Right: Ray Ankton, Anthony Bucco, Rosario Toscano, Miguel Angel de Gregorio

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend the Bodegas Finca Allende wine dinner at Ryland Inn. While I’d dined at the gorgeous property, I’d not yet attended one of the wine dinners.

Courtyard

Courtyard

A cocktail hour was set in the courtyard and there, we had the opportunity to mingle with the other guests and the Winemaker, Miguel Angel de Gregorio. Prior to the event, Ryland Inn’s Sommelier, Rosario Toscano, had told me Miguel only visits the United States occasionally and never more than a week per year. It was an absolute pleasure to hear about the vineyard, the winemaking process and the wines from the man who actually makes them.

Passed canapés ranged from a seared beef and horseradish crostini to a Jersey tomato gazpacho. The canapés were paired with the 2010 Finca Nueva Blanco, a bright, light and crisp white wine that was nice served with the food but was equally enjoyable sipped on its own on that warm summer evening.

View from the Kitchen Dining Room

View from the Kitchen Dining Room

After the cocktail hour was finished, the group made its way into a very special space – the kitchen dining room. The richly-appointed room offers a table that can likely accommodate over 20 guests and an oversized window offering a perfect view of the bustling kitchen. Executive Chef Anthony Bucco and his team are focused and display a calm, quiet intensity I’d not experienced in a professional kitchen before. Very impressive.

Another thing that was impressive was the food and wine lineup.

Here’s how the menu looked:

1st

Fluke Crudo, Summer Melons, Heirloom Tomatoes, Garden Herbs

2009 Viura

2nd

Roasted pork Tenderloin, Apricots and Chanterelles

2006 Finca Allende

3rd

Slow Roasted Filet Mignon, Salt Baked Fingerling Potato, Chimichurri

2006 Calvario

4th

“Peaches and Cream”

Roasted Pork

Roasted Pork

The progression from light to heavier in food and in wine was executed to perfection. Chef Bucco and Sommelier Toscano obviously play off each other very well and this meal reflected that food and wine coordination.

Slow Roasted Filet Mignon

Slow Roasted Filet Mignon

A very special treat by Winemaker Miguel was a tasting of his 2009 Martires Blanco. This wine is so exclusive that just a few bottles have made it into the United States. This very special wine is hand-harvested from Viura grapes and only 1,350 bottles are produced. It retails for $225.

Fluke Crudo

Fluke Crudo

The Ryland Inn offers interesting events and classes so be sure to visit its website to stay abreast of upcoming events. Speaking of special events, I had an opportunity to speak with Chef Bucco prior to the wine dinner and he enthusiastically shared that a 6,000 square addition to the existing structure would be completed by the holidays to further accommodate special events and weddings. I’m looking forward to a holiday visit and to experience another exceptional meal at The Ryland Inn.

Cheers,

Veronique

Veronique Deblois is a food and wine writer based in Morris County, NJ. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.

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