All I really wanted for my birthday was for Larry to go to the airport and retrieve my cell phone that I stupidly left at the security checkpoint last weekend. Lost and Found is not open early, late or even during lunch and I just couldn’t figure out when I could get there. He graciously granted my birthday wish and retrieved the phone for me. I promised him I'd tell everyone it was the best present ever.
But we had already planned to attend a dessert and wine pairing at J.Lohr Winery for my birthday celebration before the cell phone fiasco, and I wasn’t about to suggest cancelling that. We’d never been to the winery, located conveniently near downtown San Jose and I was looking forward to the event.
It turned out to be a wonderful evening. We were greeted by Lawrence Lohr, the Director of Wine Education and his wife Emily. While everyone gathered, they served a savory nut mix along with a rosé and a viognier. When we were seated at the table, I was beside Steve Lohr, the COO. I was impressed that it was such a family operation they would actually be at the evening's event.
Chocolate Goat Cheese Ice Cream
2008 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah
Blackberry Pot de Crème
2009 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel
Cherry Upside Down Cake
2007 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
Peach and White Nectarine Galette
J. Lohr Late Harvest White Riesling
The desserts were created by Chef Jaimie Casey of JC Culinary who was recently featured in an article in the San Jose Mercury News. She graciously shared all her recipes with the attendees and her loyal followers assured everyone that her creations were easily reproducible.