Solstice Celebration: Where the Goat Meets the Bandol, and a Couple of Pinot Noirs
It's the beginning of summer and at casa Pea Noir we kicked it off with a celebration of slow roasted goat tacos, a slip n slide course, a bonfire and of course lots of vino.
If you've never tried the number one meat of the world, slow roasting a Cabrito (young goat) from Barlas Boer Goats from Petaluma, CA is the way to go. Nancy Barlas tends to her herd of Spanish Boer goats on open pasture. She has great goats available, 40 lbs. fully dressed of lean mean goat parts. And when marinated at least 24 hours in a homemade fresh chile sauce such as Sensuous Farms Goat Barbacoa this meat is more tender than lamb. It took a day or two to cook down most of the goat meat and shred for tacos. I thought the pot I made would feed 200 people. It was gone in one day with about 50 guests. It was that good. Garnishes included avocado,cabbage,chiles, cilantro, grilled green onions, homemade salsas, sliced radish, cojita cheese. Here's a nice blog on goat tacosThe Apartment Therapy
* We also put the ribs and shoulder on the old R2D2 smoker and after 5 hours we had a different tasting goat treat. It was like eating lamb ribs but maybe better.
I almost forgot to mention the element that sealed the deal with the goat, it was the fresh made white corn tortillas made that afternoon by the ladies at Torilleria Jaliso-Sonoma
Nothing compares to this all women team working out of this pink shack with their little torilleria machine.
All this fabulousness was washed down with some amazing wines. I was feeling it was time to break out some rose...Vin de Bandol Rose more appropriately. I had the pleasure of receiving some very nice selections from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
from a dear friend including my desert island Bandol from the legendary Domaine Tempier,
The natural freshness and long finish of these Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault blends were a perfect pairing with the Cabrito.
I am lucky to have friends that are super wine geeks and they brought many great bottles of vin de solstice. As the night fell, and the bonfire purged on (with strawberry marshmellow s'mores), we imbibed some nice Pinot Noirs from the Anderson Valley including a Deep End Blend 2003 and 2004 magnums from Navarro Vineyards
We also had especially exciting single vineyard Pinot from a developing master Jim Ball Vineyards
If you have not checked out Jim Ball - it's time. He was pouring at this year's Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival and I think he was my highlight. If you have a chance, and love cool climate/food friendly NorCal Pinot, hold the date for next years AV Pinot fest
There's lots going on in that verdant valley. Coming soon, more news about goats and wine from Sarah Cahn Bennett's Pennyroyal Winery and Goatery.
See you the 2nd Annual Wine Bloggers conference next month!