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There is never a bad year for California wines, so said our sommelier. Let's drink to that! We tasted four different bottles of wine, two reds and two whites from the vineyards of California and France.

Our wine selection:
2006 Serge Lalou Sancerre (Loire Valley, France)
2006 Stuhlmuller "Estate" Chardonnay, (Alexander Valley, CA)
2001 Lorca "Gary's Vineyard" Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands, CA)
2002 Michel Voarick Aloxe-Corton (Cote-de-Beaune, France)

Seared Ahi

I'm not a fan of seared ahi so I asked the kitchen to prepare my ahi medium well. It came out moist and was served on a bed of bloomsdale spinach, French green lentils and golden raisins. The green lentils were tender and complemented the spinach. I like the way California restaurants serve their vegetables. It's always fresh and never overcooked so you can actually savor the veggies and enjoy every mouthful.

Apple butter custard crêpe

The apple butter custard crêpe melted in my mouth. It was sweet enough to temper the tartness of the apple.

Viognier is at 222 - 4th Avenue, San Mateo, California.

Bon Appetit!

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Photos by Rosario Charie Albar


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