On February 19th we went to another great event in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was put on by the local P.S. I Love You, the Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization. The event was called Dark and Delicious. It was held on Alameda at Rock Wall Winery which is on an old Naval Base, so the facility was huge with very high ceilings. The barrels that were stacked against the walls looked very small compared to the size of the room.
Dark and Delicious Event at Rock Wall Winery
There were about 300-400 people all willing and ready to eat and drink. The event cost $70 per person. There were over 40 wineries, and about 30 different restaurants and caterers. The wineries and food companies were interspersed together. Unlike the Make-A-Wish foundation fundraiser we went to a couple weekends ago, where the wineries poured whatever they wanted, here they just poured Petite Sirah.
I need to apologize. I lost my piece of paper that I took all my notes of the evening. So, I’m going off of my memory with some help from Larry.
Some of the Petite Sirah stood out more than others such as Cecchetti Wine Company Line 39, Tres Sabores, Twisted Oak, Concannon, Heringer Estates, Michael-David, and Ursa Vineyards to name a few. The cool thing about the Petite Sirah is that it grows in many different regions. Such as Lake County, Sierra Foothills, Lodi, Livermore, Paso Robles to name a few.
Swirling the Petite Sirah Serving Up Some Food
The food was overall very good. There was a lot of meat, but that makes sense when you are trying to pair with Petite Sirah. There were about 4-5 different versions of pulled pork sliders, one that stood out was where the pork was served with coleslaw and a lime aioli, there were a number of different meatballs too but the one with bacon in the meatball and served on a crostini with caramelized onion was great as was the wild boar meatballs. There was deep fried curried cauliflower that was really good but didn’t stand up to the wine so well. Our favorite of the evening was a slow braised pork shoulder served on top of a homemade savory bread pudding with a Petite Sirah plum sauce. There also was pork served on a light Lavosh cracker with a cilantro pesto, foie gras, paella and homemade beef jerky. There was plenty of chocolate there too. There were brownies, chocolate with bacon bits in it, chocolate truffles filled with Petite Sirah cream, bacon strips with chocolate drizzled on top, (was that a dessert or was that an appetizer? Whatever, it was good!) there was some seriously intense fudge, I had their peanut butter caramel chocolate, Larry had their dark chocolate. We left that booth with big smiles on our faces.
We want to thank the P.S. I Love You for treating Larry and I to this event. We loved everything about it and would highly recommend it to everyone who likes a good bold wine.