Part 2: 3rd Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine’s Lexus Grand Tasting was the “red carpet” foodie event of the year

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Melville Vineyards and Winery is owned by Ron Melville, Chad Melville, and Brent Melville in Lompoc, CA. Since 1999, they have been making 100% Estate wine, tending the vineyard and farming the land. The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir Sandy’s is made from grapes picked from the 4-acre Sandy’s block, sandy northeast section of the vineyard. This is a full-bodied, balanced Pinot Noir with a fruity and floral nose, robust oak flavor, and slight black pepper on the backend. This would pair nicely with a rare, peppercorn-encrusted ribeye steak! If you’re wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, stop by Melville Vineyards and Winery for a tasting, open daily from 11am to 4pm. For more information, please visit their website or call 805.735.7030.

Chef Mark Mollica or La Vecchia Cucina in Santa Monica, CA made Tortiglioni Al Funghi e Tartufo or Tortiglioni Pasta with Mushrooms and White Truffle. Chef Mark had a plexi-container full of white truffles and the scent reminded me of my trip to Milan last year. Truffles are in season in September and the menus in Italy are chocked full of truffle dishes from pizza to pasta. I loved the flavor of this pasta dish, especially with the shavings of white truffle. The Tortiglione pasta was too doughy for me. I think rigatoni or orecchiette would have been better. The corkscrew- or dimpled –shaped pastas would hold the sauce better and texture would match perfectly with the truffles.


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