This week in Anderson Valley, we saw the first hard frost of the season. On the farm things are changing rapidly. Figs and Asian pears are fading, quince and persimmons are starting to ripen. The herb garden didn’t fare well, but a few hearty herbs like the Calabrian oregano – I snuck back in my suitcase years ago – and flat-leaf parsley made it through just fine.
Calling All Sausage Lovers – A Local’s Tip for the Best in Mendocino County
Boudin Blanc is a sausage typically made from pork, chicken, rice, cream and dried herbs. I’m particular about my meat purveyors, and Taylor’s Sausages, just over the Oregon/California border, makes some of the best dried and fresh sausage I’ve ever had. However, local’s tip…Lemons Market in Philo and Roundman’s Smokehouse on the coast also make great sausage. If you’re here for a visit, stop by one of our farm stands for accompaniments, then grill some up with your favorite Anderson Valley wine.
- I chose my wine
- I chose my protein
- It was time to walk the farm
Farm to Table Purveyor: Three Dog Farm- Anderson Valley
A November Harvest Feast & Chef Rationale
There are some big flavors in these dishes, but the idea is restraint. Take the salted-citrus dressing or the cabernet & apple balsamic vinegars…less is more. Too much and it overpowers the wine. You want to bite into little hints of acidity and salt that lift the dishes.
Eating…after the pictures, we sat down to eat our creation. It delivered. The Twomey Pinot Noir never lost a beat as we sampled each dish. I could taste each ingredient on its own and together as a composed dish. As was the intent, the food elevated the wine. The wine elevated the food. It’s that simple.
Matt, Owner Three Dog Farm (which just to so happens to be right across the street from Twomey Cellars)
Anderson Valley Purveyors of Pantry Staples at Three Dog Farm:
- Pennyroyal Farm Laychee goat cheese
- The Philo Apple Farm & Farm Stand Apple Balsamic Vinegar
- Long Meadow Ranch at the Madrones Cabernet Vinegar
- Boonville Barn Collective Piment d’Ville Pepper
- Disco Ranch in Boonville – great spot to pick up a wide range of local olive oils & goodies
- Velma’s Farm Stand fresh produce, flowers, olive oil – farmed biodynamically
- Gowan’s Farm Stand fresh produce, vinegar, olive oil
~ Chef Matt Barnes, Owner of Three Dog Farm