Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Thursday night I attended a wine pairing at Bacco Wine cafe. Bacco was celebrating its 10th anniversary and they paired all 5 courses with Starry Night and Bruce Wayne wines. Starry Night is also celebrating its 10th year as a winery. Bruce Walker, one of the winemakers of these wines, was in town to explain and answer questions.

There were seven wines paired with five courses. We started with two whites: 2008 Starry Night Sauvignon Blanc and 2007 Starry Night Chardonnay. I enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc because it had a crisp taste and was a great start to the evening.

The first red of the evening was a 2008 Bruce Wayne Pinot Noir and the grapes used were collected from two Russian River growers. Bruce Wayne wines are made by Bruce Walker and Wayne Hansen….thus Bruce Wayne.

The other reds included the 2007 Starry Night Lodi Zinfandel, 2008 Starry Night Petite Sirah, 2007 Starry Night Old Vine Zinfandel Nervo Statio, and 2007 Bruce Wayne “Briana’s Blend”.

The picture below is of Stephen opening the bottles and making jokes. :) He and Bruce poured most of the wine.

My favorite wine of the evening was the Petite Sirah. Starry Night produces their petite sirah from a small vineyard using 40-year-old vines. This wine is aged in both French and American oak and only 460 cases were produced.

The food that Bacco paired with these wines was great! They made osso bucco and it was super tasty. It paired great with the petite sirah and old vine zinfandel. I would recommend anyone visiting the area to try this restaurant.

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