We headed back to L'Espalier for their 39th Anniversary Dinner this past Thursday. It was a fun celebration of times at L'Espalier from 1978 to now.
We began with a smoked Gouda puff and a red pepper financier. The Gouda puff was amazing and cheesy, while the financier really popped with flavor! Then it was on to the first course, pairing 2012 Vintager Chardonnay from Knights Valley in Sonoma, California with Maine lobster bisque with lemon gnocchi and cognac. This was my favorite dish of the entire evening; it was perfect.
Scottish sea trout with sorrel crème and sunchokes was up next, paired with 2014 Gassier Lou Coucardié from Costières de Nîmes, Rhône, France.
Our third course was tournedos of beef à la Bourguignonne with Perigord truffle and pommes paired with 2012 XX de Château Corbin from Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux.
On to the cheese and dessert plates! I paired these with 2013 Haut Charmes, a Sauternes from Bordeaux that is just amazing. The cheese was Grey Barn Farm Bluebird, a cow's milk cheese from Chilmark, MA, served with a bit of a white chocolate treat. For dessert we were served sachertorte, raspberry coulis, and vanilla ice cream. Yum!