Appetizers
March 9, 2011
Enotria wine dinner coming March 31

By Chris Macias
cmacias@sacbee.com

On the heels of today's Wine Buzz column, which introduced Jeremiah Morehouse as the new wine director for Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar (1431 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento; 916-922-6792), here's some info. about where you can see Morehouse in action. On March 31, Enotria will host a wine dinner featuring Sinor-LaVallee and Ancient Peaks, two family-owned producers from the central coast. Dinner, with wine pairings, will unfold over four courses and cost $68 per person.

Here's the menu:

First Course

Sous-vide Halibut, wilted pea tendrils, fried basil, guava nectar beurre blanc
Ancient Peaks 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles

Second Course

Spiced Butternut Squash and Rhubarb Soup, vanilla bean crème fraiche, cranberry walnut crouton
Sinor-LaVallee 2008 Pinot Noir, SLO County

Third Course

Crisp Pan Seared Duck Breast purple viking potatoes, sautéed chanterelles, oyster and hedgehog mushrooms black currant balsamic gastrique
Sinor-LaVallee 2008 Pinot Noir, Aubaine Vineyard, SLO County

Fourth Course

Chocolate Custard Tartlet with Strawberry Cinnamon Gelato almond hazelnut cookie crust, zinfandel syrup
Ancient Peaks 2008 Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to seeing how Morehouse shapes Enotria's wine list, especially following his recent four-month jaunt to Italy and France's wine country. I'd first met Morehouse about a year ago, and was always impressed with his amiability and deep knowledge of wine despite being only his mid-20s. Morehouse encourages fellow wine lovers to drop him a line at retailwine@enotria.com.

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