Thomas and I flew down to Newport Beach for our California distributor Henry Wine Group's general training meeting last Friday. Afterwards we headed up to Los Angeles where we spent the weekend checking out the culinary scene there. On Saturday, we enjoyed an amazing brunch at Campanile Restaurant. Originally built in 1929 by Charlie Chaplin, La Brea Bread Company and Campanile were opened by famed Chef Mark Peel in 1989. Both have been the recipients of numerous awards and nominations including James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award and Best California Chef. Thanks to GM and wine director Jay Perrin for taking the time to taste through our wines.
We also visited Manhattan Beach where we hit the very hip and beautiful Shade Hotel and then Rock'N Fish for delicious artichokes and oysters which pair perfectly with the 2007 Cuvee A Muller Thurgau! You'll be seeing our wines on all of these lists soon. Thanks to Cynthia for being such a great hostess.
Pictured above, winemaker Thomas Houseman and me outside of the Rock'N Fish in Manhattan Beach.