From Vine to Vine -- Wood and Vine X Four Brothers Wine Co
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending one of Hollywood’s Wood and Vine: From Vine to Vine dinners. The evening featured 4 bottles of wine made by Four Brothers Wine Co paired with a four course menu designed by Chef Jennifer O’Neil. The entire evening was magical.
To start, sitting on Wood and Vine’s outdoor patio, you would never know you were on Hollywood Blvd. With twinkle lights hung over head and a black and classic black and white movies being projected on the building next door, the back patio is just so tranquil and, for lack of a better word, cool.
Every 4-6 weeks, Wood and Vine hosts these Vine to Vine evenings with the intention of letting guests get to know the winemakers themselves in an intimate setting. This week featured family owned Four Brothers Wine Co, run by four actual brothers. Two of the four brothers attended the dinner, and their passion for their wine was clear right from the start. Chris Blasman, one of the brothers, explained how after developing a strong interest in wine, the opportunity to produce their own fell into their laps. Rather than fearing the opportunity ahead of them, they embraced it fully and haven’t looked back.
So, now onto the food and drink! For the first course, Chef O’Neil prepared Watermelon with Butterfly Shrimp, Queso Fresco, and Jalapeño Bites. And it was paired with a glass of 2017 Rose of Grenache with hints of strawberry, jasmine, and rose petals on the nose. The night started off so strongly that this may have been my favorite course. Between the rose and the watermelon, it just felt so much like summer. And the jalapeño really complimented the wine. A match made in heaven.
Course two was a Torched Peach Arugula, Feta and Pistachio Salad served with house honey vinaigrette. It was complimented by a glass of 2016 Grenache Blanc, which Chris described this as his “white wine for red wine drinkers.” The torched peaches and vinaigrette were so delicious and once again felt incredibly right for early summer.
The third course featured a 2015 Syrah served with Venison, Rosemary Jus, Herb Goat Cheese Polenta, Fennel Cabbage Slaw, and blackberry sauce. Chris described this Syrah as his “red wine for white wine drinkers.” It shows fruit and depth, consisting of Blackberry, herbs and lavender, and finished with hints of bacon fat and pepper.
The final course featured 2016 Grenache served with Strawberry Shortcake. Being a lover of all things dessert, I inhaled the shortcake. So light and fluffy, and the house glaze coating the strawberries was divine. The Grenache has notes of red licorice and strawberry fruit, as well as hints of peppermint. So it paired beautifully with the cake.
I certainly don’t pretend to be any sort of wine expert; but I am doing my best to listen and learn as much as I can. And it was delightful to hear about each wine last night in such a casual, non-pretentious way. Wally, the General Manager of Wood and Vine stressed that is the goal of this intimate wine evenings. And it made the whole evening much more accessible to a millennial like me.
I look forward to visiting Wood and Vine again to taste their regular menu items, as last night was incredible. And if you have not been to a Vine to Vine evening, I highly recommend you check out the next one when it is posted. The drinks were plentiful, the food delectable, and the company a treat! Truly such a wonderful night.