The president of our local gourmet club generously hosted us for dinner Sunday. Seven of us toured the cute, pretty property and sat outside for appetizers of fried shrimp with ginger soy sauce and vodka shooters.
One of the guests made a mozzarella, pancetta, cantaloupe, mint and cocoa salad, which we ate by the fairy ring of redwood trees along with the river trickling by.
Inside the cozy sweet 100-year-old cabin we passed around the tomato soup topped with sour cream, chives and croutons and passed around the wine, a Herrick Sauvignon Blanc and 1995 Dunn Petite Syrah.
Meanwhile, the perfectly grilled (on the outdoor barbeque) stuffed pork loin rested while we ate a homegrown garden salad with melon, cucumber, arugula and other greens brought by a guest.
The glaze from the strained apples and cherries was poured over the pork loin (with pink smoke ring!) stuffed with the same fruit and apricot. Beautifully roasted new potatoes, red cabbage with currants and cloverleaf rolls accompanied. Wines poured: 2007 Mueller Cabernet, 2005 Mount Veeder Cabernet and a 2008 Thomas Fogarty Gewurztraminer.
Dessert featured a refrigerator strawberry pie that stayed solidified and had a concentrated strawberry taste. De Viante Late Harvest Viognier and a Summit Lake Zinfandel Port went down smoothly.
Obviously the meal was outstanding, and the company told amusing stories. The president of the gourmet club expressed her desire to not eat much meat or eat out in restaurants (due to her want to help animals, and people who don't have access to enough food).