Word spread, and many showed up for a pot luck party. Highlights from the food included ceviche of halibut and grilled side of wild salmon, roasted potato salad, braised seitan with port, ratatouille, and the six chickens I smoked and served over homegrown and fermented kale shredded like sauerkraut. I also made a torta rustica– a many-layered vegetable and cheese pie encased in pizza crust- which tasted great but fell apart once cut open. The wines drunk (many of which were supplied by John) included a 2005 Martin Alfaro chardonnay, a 2003 White Barn rosé, made according to the winemaker’s instruction by mixing a bottle each of his grenache and viognier, a 1967 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo, a magnum of 1987 Orion, a Sine Qua Non “Poker Face” syrah, a 1995 Tignanello, a 2001 Pierre Usseglio CDP, and a 2002 Bouley Volnay “Clos des Chênes.”
That’s how we roll. I forgot to take pictures.