An unusual occurrence this last weekend of eating both Friday and Saturday nights at Vine18 at the Copper Valley Golf Course. But unusual is not a bad thing when the meals are so exceptional!
Friday night was the Mahi Mahi special which 4 out of 6 people attending thought it was one of the best dishes they had eaten at the clubhouse. Unfortunately the Mahi Mahi was completely sold out on Friday as table to table recommended the dish. So Saturday, did not know what to expect. To my delight, Chef Albert Reyes prepared a scallop special.
The four fresh and tasty scallops were pan seared and then topped off with a butternut puree on a bed of sautéed spinach. Cauliflower and fennel with toasted sesame seeds and seaweed along with tomato and green peppercorn citrus jam adorned the plated presentation. This was one of the tastier dishes of scallops enjoyed anywhere!
Not knowing this “fish special” was in store, a variety of wines were brought for the dinner of eight. They included a 2016 Toscano white Barbera, 2019 Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve, 2014 Caymus Vineyards and a 2015 Hindsight Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 Hindsight was brought to dinner as one of the couples had not ever tasted a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. He really enjoyed the Hindsight Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon!!