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Fall Vineyard Picnic
Here in Russian River Valley, fall is the busiest time of the year. We are harvesting the grapes and also having a series of parties
designed to showcase the wonderful foods grown here.
Recently we had a lovely picnic at Crinella Estate Vineyard in Forestville. Erica and Meg laid out a beautiful table under the shade of the hundred and fifty
year old english walnut trees on the old homestead lot. And people mingled under the welcome shade as the day was very warm.
The day was particularly memorable because we were joined by the great chef John Ash. He has
written three marvelous books on food and wine, From Earth to the Table, Cooking One On One. and American Game Cooking and also teaches at the Culinary
Institute. John appears on radio and television and has put the cuisine of Sonoma County on the map. (www.chefjohnash.com)
John Ash showed us how to grill pizzas.
We watched, he made it look very easy.
Then, we all joined in making them.
John shared his recipe for pizza dough with us and I must say it is remarkable. You can roll it out thinly, you can make it well ahead
and keep it in the refrigerator or even freeze it. But, you can also make it on the spur on the moment and be ready to grill in about 30 minutes.
The grilling itself just takes about 3 minutes. And you have a wonderful meal.
We have a recipe for pizza dough in the Crinella Family Cookbook, but it takes much longer since it has to go through one raising of the dough. John's recipe is
much more versatile and you will use this over and over.
Our guests had a wonderful time. For all of us, the joy of being instructed personally in our pizza making was a thrill.
We also tried our just released 2009 Sauvignon Blanc during lunch. John Ash praised it highly. I was very happy. It is a remarkable wine.
For more information on cooking classes by John Ash.
There are only 400 cases so please let us know soon if you would like to have one.
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