Annual dinner kicks off with featured Tondre Grapefield Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
Cima Collina’s Hilltop Ranch historic barn doors will open Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm for the first in a series of annual Grower Dinners. Catered by local Chef Jerome Viel, the dinner honors Cima Collina’s eleven-year vineyard partnership with Joe Alarid of Tondre Grapefield Vineyard in the highly acclaimed Santa Lucia Highlands.
Winemaker Annette Hoff Danzer has been producing vineyard-designated wines since the winery’s first production back in 2004. With a consistent focus on small, limited production wines hand picked from local vineyards, Hoff Danzer felt the timing was right to focus a handful of dinners on the unique growing sites and people behind the vines. “Our wines represent six of the eight Monterey County AVA’s. We are always searching for those perfect pockets to harvest and understand the importance of the vineyard on our wines,” comments Hoff Danzer. “I think its important for our grower partners to be recognized and the grapes highlighted.”
For the occasion, Hoff Danzer has opened the renovated Hilltop Ranch barn to host the dinner. Local Carmel Valley favorite, Chef Jerome Viel will present a four-course seated food and wine pairing focusing on Cima Collina Tondre Grapefield wines, including the sought after Pommard clone Pinot Noir. An earlier reception among the vines will highlight Tondre Grapefield vineyard further with Cima Collina library wines produced from the Santa Lucia Highlands site and dating back to the 2005 vintage. The evening begins at 6:30, with guests seated for dinner at 7:30. Reservations can be made online at www.cimacollina.com or at (831)620-0645. Seating is limited. Cost is $145 per person.