As Home Ranch guests know, we have a great wine dinner each week, often focusing on a specific region or vineyard. Now, with the completion of our new Farm Kitchen, we are hosting outdoors and a few short weeks ago we had our first wine dinner “down on the farm.” Our guest vintner was owner and founder John Sutcliffe of Sutcliffe Vineyards and he began the meal with a tasting session, and provided an overview of the other wines he’d be sharing during his visit.
Chef Craig Singer explained each course to the guests while John told the story and flavor profile behind each paired wine. John is known for his colorful story telling, which made a delightful evening even better, kept us laughing throughout the meal.
Dining outdoors in the farm kitchen provided an authentic and inspiring Colorado farm-to-table backdrop amidst our flourishing greenhouse and gardens with great views of the lodge and aspens along Home mountain, and views of the continental divide and Mt. Zirkel. It was a great experience for guests to dine outside amid the actual produce from the gardens, and watch the sun set over Sand Mountain, (which is also the namesake of our sister company that raises our cattle in its shadow – and provides local grass fed beef to our guests.) It was a wonderful first evening experience.
The Dinner Courses and Sutcliffe Wine Pairings
Pastrami Sturgeon with Rye Breadcrumbs, Caviar & pickled Swiss Chard over Sauerkraut with while remoulade
Home Ranch Potager Salad of Green Beans with a Chanterelle Flan served in an eggshell
Home Ranch Pork Jowl served crispy with Cauliflower Sabayon, Brussel Leaves, roasted Chanterelle finished with fermented Lingonberry and braising Jus
Braised Sand Mountain Cattle Company Beef Short Rib over heirloom Polenta and crispy Porcini finished with Red Wine Reduction
Grilled Palisade Peaches with house made Mascarpone & Pistachio Crumble