Some of you may be familiar with a Food Network show called The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Well, last night, I had the best thing I ever ate. Seriously.
We were invited by some good friends to go to Francis Ford Coppola’s restaurant Rustic at the new-ish winery in Geyserville. A restaurant at a winery? Yup. First of all, this place is high-class. From the gravel driveway to the fixtures and displays the winery just exudes posh-ness. Some places have tried this kind of extravagance and failed. If not done with class and style, it can quickly turn into a cheap Disneyland.
With the kids safely hanging out for the night at my in-laws house, we headed out for our 8:15 dinner reservation.
We arrived early and enjoyed a drink at the stylish bar….
Love this diagram on what parts of the cow go with what wine….
Of course, we brought along our own wine. Our friends contributed a 2008 Bella Lily Hill Zinfandel – a great way to start out the evening….
I dove into our cellar and pulled out an unlabeled 2005 Louis Martini Lot 1. This Cabernet based wine called out for steak. And usually I’m not a traditional steak / Cabernet pairing person, but this wine was perfect for it. More on that in a moment.
Sitting on the table when we sat down were these circles of yummy doughy goodness….
I’m still not sure exactly what they were, but I could have probably eaten at least a dozen of them.
Classic Fiorentina Steak. What? A Porterhouse. Oh, yeah. Of course. Oh wait, not just any Porterhouse, but a 32 ounce monster that’s been dry-aged for 30 days then cooked to medium-rare perfection. A Porterhouse is a New York on one side of the bone and a Filet on the other side. This piece of meat is so big it’s labeled as a steak (for two)….
The steak had so much flavor and texture that I couldn’t believe it was only seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil. I’m no “foodie”, but I’ve had some memorable meals over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but simple food with lots of flavor. Not the fru, fru stuff with things in it I haven’t ever heard of. At first I was thinking about how this ranked right up there with the Filet Mignon from the Ahwahnee Hotel or the fish I had on my 30th birthday on our Celebrity Cruise. But then it hit me. This is the most amazing thing I have ever eaten. It was so rich, decadent and meaty and juicy. I just couldn’t get over it. I’m still drooling a little. It came with no sides (we did order a side of veggies) and it didn’t need it. It was a meal in itself.
That’s me, gnawing on the bone. I couldn’t resist!
In addition to all this, the four of us each ordered a dessert. My favorites were the chocolate mousse….
This meal is one I won’t forget. Probably ever. And all of it happened at a winery. Who knew? I highly recommend going for a visit. I know I’ll be going back as soon as I can.