New Year’s Eve is always interesting for the food and wine
choices. Champagne is a staple,
but what else?
This year Lori and I spent New Year’s Eve in Santa
Cruz. Actually, we spent the whole
week in Santa Cruz, and it was great.
We haven’t relaxed that much in a while. We saw a bunch of movies, trying to get a head start on all
the ones up for awards. (American
Hustle was my favorite of the ones we saw.) We met up with some old friends one night, and got each other
caught up on our lives and our childrens’ lives.
New Year’s Eve, though, was just the two of us. We went to Michael’s on Main, one of
our favorites in the area. We’ve
eaten there a number of times, including hosting a wedding rehearsal dinner
there a couple of years ago. They
had a 4-course prix fixe menu for the night:
of appetizers, served with a complementary glass of sparkling wine
of green salad or lobster bisque
of steak, salmon wellington or spinach and artichoke raviolis
of cheesecake or chocolate mousse
The appetizers and sparkling wine were nothing to write home
about, or write in a blog about.
Lori had the salad, which she enjoyed, while I had the bisque, which I
thought was one of the best I had had.
Not too thick, and plenty of lobster meat. For her main course, Lori had the salmon wellington, which
was excellent. I had the raviolis,
also excellent. And we had one of
each of the desserts, sharing them both.
We brought a bottle for the evening: Windy Oaks Estate, 2005 Pinot Noir
Estate Cuvée, Schultze Family Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains. Over the last 10 years, Windy Oaks has
consistently produced great Pinot Noir from their small winery at the southern
end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appelation, and this bottle was right
there. It worked great with the
delicate fish and vegetarian dishes we ate.
Another year in the books, a new year before us like an open
stretch of ocean. We’re hoping for
us, and for you, that the only big waves are seen from a distance, and it’s
smooth sailing (and eating and drinking) in 2014.