On August 13, Slow Food Columbus was happy to welcome McNab Ridge winemaker Rich Parducci and his wife Melinda to town with a wine dinner at Rosendales. Rich’s family has been in the winemaking business in California for four generations; his grandfather, John, is a legendary figure in the industry, and Rich himself is considered to be one of the more talented winemakers of his generation.
Bocuse d’Or finalist Chef Rosendale and Sommelier Chris Dillman collaborated to produce an outstanding menu consisting of six wines matched with five courses. The wines ran the gamut from the unusual and award-winning McNab Ridge French Colombard to the Puerto, a delicious Port-style dessert wine.
Before each course, Rich talked briefly about the wines that we tasted and told us about how they were grown, their requirements, and their characteristics. Sometimes we learned more about the history of the wines than we ever thought we would—for example, that John’s grandmother was the one who insisted that his grandfather make the Colombard! (After trying it, we heartily agreed with Grandma.)
Chilled Gazpacho, Whipped Goat Cheese and Basil Oil
2007 McNab Ridge French Colombard
2007 McNab Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
Smoked Salmon with Shaved Chives, Potato Stick Wax Beans, Frothy Dill Cream
2005 McNab Ridge Chardonnay
Marinated Duck Breast
Mushroom and Gnocchi Fricassee, Summer Vegetables Tossed with Butter and Herbs
2005 McNab Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 McNab Ridge Petit Sirah
Beemster XO and Three Hour Apple Puree, Fresh Granny Smith Apples
2005 McNab Ridge Puerto
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