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It was the first day of Spring, and my friend was visiting from Yuma. She calls her Arizona town the “surface of the sun” because it so dang hot there. I was invited to go to a food and wine tasting at the San Diego Marriott Marquis’ Marina Kitchen. The winemaker from Pali Wine Co. was going to be there talking about his wines. Food, wine, and a view of the serene San Diego Bay. Sunday Fundays don’t get any better than this.
If you know Marina Kitchen, you’re probably thinking the open bar that overlooks the pool. This event was not there. It was through the restaurant into a small patio area with a view of the boats and Coronado. There was an open smoker. Wine in your hand every time your glass was empty. Bite-sized goodies like this Scallop and Lobster Amuse Bouche were endlessly coming out of the kitchen. It might look hot and muy caliente because of the serrano pepper, but it was only mildly spicy. Perfect with Pali Wine Co’s Durell Vineyard Chardonnay. Oaky but just enough to let the grape shine. With a view of the yachts and segways passing by, I felt like I was on vacation without the TSA patdown.
Some people dream about owning a house on the beach. I dream about food like this Shrimp Michelada – my own personal culinary therapy. A traditional Mexican Michelada is a beer with chili and poured inside a glass with Tajin (or a dried mixture of peppers, lime, and salt) around the rim. Here, they added shrimp, cucumber, and avocado, kind of like a beer infused ceviche. Delicious!
Pali Wine Co. is known for their Pinot Noir, often receiving 90+ points. It is medium bodied with strong strawberry and cherry notes. Slightly creamy and well balanced acidity. This wine goes great with grilled meats – like the tacos they were grilling at the event, beef tamales, or these smoked albacore bites below.
This is Aaron Walker, winemaker extraordinaire at Pali Wine Co. and Tower 15. He’s holding up a botttle of Moon Walker, a label he started with his business partner, David Munoz. Although it won’t make you dance like Michael Jackson, it will certainly put a spring in your step.
Coming soon to San Diego’s Little Italy…. Pali Wine Co. is opening a tasting room! Yay! If you can’t wait and must get your hands on a bottle, they are nationwide or take a drive up the California Coast. They have a tasting room in Santa Barbara and Lompoc. For more on their wines: CLICK HERE.
Check out Marina Kitchen FACEBOOK page for future food and wine events.