I was ready for an outing. And what better place to go than our favorite café and wine bar, GC’s Tasting Café in Menlo Park. Often their special tasting events are held on Thursday, but this week it was Friday. Perfect timing for me. The tasting event menu consisted of their favorite California red blends. Five generous pours of wines priced in the $23 to $45 range, for only $15. A couple of the wines on the list, we know well and already have, such as the TFW Lexington Meritage and the Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains red. But the others were quite nice as well, especially the Justin Savant, which we had not tried before.
GC's Café is a bustling, friendly, family-owned and run place, great to meet friends for a glass of wine or light meal. No quiet romantic corners here. We’ve tried the cheese fondues and several sandwiches and salads, and all were delicious. The owners and staff are friendly and always helpful with suggestions. It was quite busy last night, but Kathy greeted me with a hug since I've been absent for about a month, Larry always has a few minutes to chat about the wines and Theresa prepared our table. We’ve been going there since long before they became “famous” after their good review in the newspaper. I’ve said before that I credit (blame) Ken Wornick at La Honda Winery for my new-found taste for red wines. But GC’s Café shares that responsibility equally since that’s where I met Ken and his wines. Nights like last night tend to add to my collection as well. They have an excellent selection of local and imported wines.
You can check out GC's Tasting Café’s website at http://www.gcstastingcafe.com/ to see their menu and more. Better yet, maybe I’ll see you at next week’s Spanish wine and cheese pairing event.