August 20, Tablas Creek
Vineyards hosted their second annual pig roast. We attended
the first event and had such a great time that we had to make
it again. This year, Tablas Creek has entered into a partnership
with Windrose Farm.
Windrose will have an on-site farmstand and will be using some
of the Tablas nursery area for growing and propogating their
organic produce. So the event featured Tablas Creek wines and
Windrose Farm organic produce. Being two of our favorite farming
families we were excited to attend.
Our friends Angela, Simon, and Wendy drove up and stayed with
us so they could attend also.
While Tablas Creek served their excellent 2004 Rose, a re-release
of the 2000 Clos Blanc, and the 2003 Syrah, the star of the
show had to be the roasted pig main course.
Neil Collins, the winemaker, got up at 3 am
in order to light the fire in the pig pit. The pig was set on
the coals at 6 am and had been rolling over the fire all day.
Of course it required occasaional basting by
The pig is loaded up on the back of a trailer
to drive up to the dinner area while Jason Haas with his son
in tow watch on.
Then Neil turned from winemaker into butcher
to serve the hungry mob.
We could go on and on about the wonderful barbequed
beans and eggplant from Windrose, how well the Rose tasted in
the afternoon sun, about the tasty sausages, bread, cheeses,
and fruits. But you really had to be there. As we walked back
to the car with the full moon rising over the vineyard, we knew
we will certainly be back.