by Craig Ruks & Pedro Gomez
Last Thursday evening, humor and good wine were flowing as we met the owners of Cline Cellars at the popular local restaurant, Faustina. Cline and Faustina worked closely together to create an evening of perfect pairings for local Salt Lake folks to enjoy.
First, we met the co-owner of Cline, Charlie, who had us laughing as he introduced himself with a line something like this, “Imagine what my brother looks like if they chose me to be the spokesperson.” We all immediately enjoyed his presence as he went on to tell us more about his vineyard in Sonoma County.
Hillary, the General Manager from Faustina, presented each food course. She worked with the head chef to make all the pairings. She mentioned her own affinity for Cline wines ever since the opening of Faustina (and it is one of the few ones which has been there since the beginning).
The second course was a Mourvedre Rose summer wine paired with miso marinated sea bass. The buttery soft fish got its pop from the lemongrass and ginger, and the Mourvedre gave it a sweet, refreshing finish. Every bite was both a palate cleanser and a delight.
For dessert Cline’s Late Harvest Mourvedre was paired with a frozen date cake. The chocolate, berry taste of the wine was amazing with the dessert. The key was to get bits of the berry sauces on the edge of the dessert and follow it up with a sip of wine, so good.
Charlie gave out a bottle of wine per course, and since I was the only one that knew that the Mourvedre grape is originally from southern France I got a signed bottle of the dessert wine! A perfect way to end the evening. Thank you Cline Cellars!
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