This past June 15th we celebrated the marriage of two of the great pleasures in life, Steak and Syrah. On their own each is fantastic, but put the two together and see how steak and Syrah work harmoniously with each other to create a sensory masterpiece.
The event took place in our estate barrel room and was led by a panel including winery President Tim Snider, Fess Parker Winery head Winemaker Blair Fox, and Nadine De Bruin from Dey Dey’s Best Beef Ever ranch located in the Santa Rita Hills.
Guests were led through a tasting of 5 different Syrah’s which included Syrah’s from Fess Parker Winery, our sister winery Epiphany Cellars, and even a couple of international Syrah’s from France and Australia. Along with the lineup of Syrah’s, guests were able to pair beef from Dey Dey’s Ranch with their wine. Our winery Chef used four different cuts of meat and different methods of preparation to pair the beef with the different Syrah’s.
Beef shoulder braised for 16 hours in Rodney’s Syrah and beef stock was used to create a beef pot pie. Beef tenderloin was roasted, chilled, and thinly sliced to be served atop a crostini with red wine onion jam and arugula oil. Dey Dey’s creates their own Bratwurst sausage which we just grilled over red oak and served on its own. Flank steak was also grilled over red oak, sliced, and served with a Rodney’s Syrah barbecue sauce.
Throughout the tasting experience guests were able to interact with our panel, asking questions about Syrah and all the various regional differences and characteristics of the grape itself. Guests also were able to learn a lot more about ranching and grass-fed beef from Nadine as she answered questions about the ranch.
After the seminar portion was done guests were treated to a traditional Santa Maria style barbecue which of course featured Dey Dey’s Best Beef Ever. All in all it was a great day and a lot of fun.
Keep a lookout on our events page for next year’s theme, Chardonnay and Lobster? Pork and Pinot? Have any suggestions? Leave a comment and maybe we will use your theme next year.
Come out and join us at the Fess Parker Winery on June 22nd for the first of our Parker Picnic Series. We will be featuring live music as well as local food trucks for everyone to enjoy on our lawn.
Local rock band Joe Daddy & the Sumthins are known for their rockin’ 90’s tunes but have a lil sumthin for every taste!
Georgia’s Smokehouse will also be joining us serving up some delicious Southern barbecue. They will have tasty dishes such as: Smoked baby back ribs, smoked brisket, pulled pork, bacon and cheddar hush puppies, mac & cheese, Southern style pasta salad, and sweet potato fries just to name a few.
For dessert and the perfect summer treat Sugar and Salt Creamery will be serving their delicious artisan sorbets. Sugar and Salt Creamery specializes in hand crafting raw, sprouted almond milk sorbet, using the finest ingredients and incorporating local, organic produce to create a variety of fresh, unique flavors.
Food will be served from noon to 4pm, and Joe Daddy & the Sumthins will keep things rockin’ from 1-4pm. Hope to see you there!