Long Meadow Ranch 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Featured At James Beard House in New York City
April 8, 2005, Rutherford, CA
James Beard Foundation-nominated chef Christopher Maher has chosen 2001 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany the main course for his guest chef appearance at the James Beard House on April 14. Maher is presenting his meal as part of the Great Regional Chefs of America series at the James Beard House in New York City.
The acclaimed Chef Maher is normally at home in the kitchens of his restaurant, Momentitos de la Vida, in Taos, New Mexico. The appearance by Long Meadow Ranch (LMR) marks the second time LMR has paired with Chef Maher and continues the pattern of LMR has being featured at Beard House as a premium selection by a celebrated chef. In 2003, LMR brought Maher to their 650-acre Napa Valley ranch to prepare a signature hospitality event for the famed Napa Valley Wine Auction. The success of that event laid the groundwork for the New York pairing.
LMR co-owner Ted Hall said, "We are very pleased to be once again selected by an outstanding chef for an important meal. Chef Maher has continued the pattern of Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon being selected to accompany signature dishes by American's top chefs at prestigious professional venues."
At Beard House, Maher will pair Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 with his venison noisette with purple Peruvian potatoes, wilted baby spinach and a cognac/sour cherry demi-glace. The wine's excellent balance with moderate alcohol will complement the venison beautifully. The aroma carries bordelaise characteristics with tea, tobacco, cedar, and ripe black fruit. On the palate there are powerful tannins giving a rich full-bodied mouth feel including briar patch and dried black tea. The wine finishes smoothly with a complex earthiness knitted with dark fruit.
And, to further demonstrate LMR's role as a purveyor fine food, the estate-produced Prato Lungo extra virgin olive oil will be used as a condiment to finish a number of the dishes coming from Maher's kitchen.
Maher notes of the wine, "As a chef, I cherish the attitude of producers like Long Meadow Ranch who truly view wine as fine food. The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of elegant balance and moderate alcohol that allows the enticing flavors of venison and cherry to show beautifully. The wine's lovely black fruit enhances the experience and the long finish keeps inviting the diner to return to the meal."
As for Maher, some clichés hold true: particularly, the one that the person taking your order at your favorite restaurant just might be a struggling actor waiting for his or her big break. While former waiter Christopher Maher eventually got his break appearing on film with Jennifer Lopez in the thriller Enough and on such television programs as 24, The Agency, and Another World, his love of food and restaurants led him right back into the kitchen.
Even while running an award-winning restaurant, Chef Maher still makes time to appear in motion pictures and on television. He finds that his dual roles complement each other: "Restaurant life is like theater," he says. "It's opening night every night."
And, Long Meadow Ranch is looking forward to its cameo with Maher on the stage at the famed Beard house.
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Long Meadow Ranch is an innovative organic farming operation - and purveyor of fine food - located high above the Napa Valley on the picturesque slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where it produces extraordinary red wine, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables for Napa Valley's finest restaurants. Long Meadow Ranch produces ultra premium wines and extra virgin olive oils, under the Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Ranch House Red, Prato Lungo, and Napa Valley Select labels. Beyond the Napa Valley, e America's top chefs have regularly featured Long Meadow Ranch wines and olive oils.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve Napa Valley's oldest olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyards. They have also brought cattle, poultry, and vegetables back into commercial production. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated farming activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Contact: Chris Hall