Every now and then I get to visit a winery
while on a date with my husband.
Not for the purpose of doing a feature on a winemaker or a tasting room.
But just because I want to relax, sip and swallow all of my tastings, and be a guest.
Inevitably, we talk about the wines together as well as with the staff. We love it.
Mica Raas is from my home town, Santa Cruz, CA.
He moved to the El Dorado County region to further pursue his career in wine.
He’s been part of the craft wine industry in Santa Cruz and winemaker for 1850 Wine Cellars based in Sutter Creek.
These days, he has his own winery and tasting room in beautiful Placerville (Link.)
I’ve had the chance to meet Mica at the Amador County Four Fires Festival.
He’s worked first hand with fruit from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Now, he also crafts wines with El Dorado County grapes; combining his years of experience.
2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
2016 Cotes du Cruz Rouge
2016 Tempranillo, Clarksburg.
2017 Nebbiolo, Fair Play.
Typically I prefer tasting wines on their own, and then going back to taste the wine alongside the foods.
I feel it lets me experience what the wine is
meant to be, with out the distraction of the foods.
We started the tasting with wine only.
When the reds came, so did the small plates; and
the combination worked!
The savory gorgonzola,
umami mushrooms, salty chips, and
creamy cheeses melded artfully with the wines.
Myka Cellar’s food menu is expanding, and
the dishes are chosen to
complement their line of wines.
The setting will win you over,
while the wine and food will make you
relax and linger.
Happy Wine & Food Pairing to you!
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