Spoiling ones self when living in the wine country is extremely easy. Wine tasting and dining that brings people from around the globe are at your finger tips. One of our favorite ways to pamper our taste buds is booking an afternoon at the Bubble Room at J Winery. Just ten minutes north of us, J is not only the home of our favorite Sparkling Wine but also to one of the best food and wine pairings in the world, personal opinion (I would assume the opinion of anyone that has ever been there).
Trying to explain how perfect their pairings are is too difficult. At the risk of sounding dramatic (as if that’s ever stopped me) there are no words to explain the ah-inspiring experience in it’s entirety. It’s so difficult to put it into words that I’m going to do what anyone with Google would and reiterate the description straight off their very own website:
“The Bubble Room remains the premier tasting experience in the Russian River Valley. In a beautifully appointed, full-service tasting salon, you and your guests will enjoy an exclusive three-course meal including rare library and small-production wines, served with delicious, organic and locally-sourced fare.”
This was our third time as a couple and this time we took my parents as a part of their Christmas present last year. Got to love a gift that is beneficial for the whole family. The menu is ever changing and consistently surprising. Yesterday’s menu included rabbit and lamb, both something I have never ventured with before and in any other setting probably wouldn’t. Our tasting included four Sparkling Wines, the best Chardonnay I have had in years and one of their classic Pinot Noirs, along with others. With a formally relaxing setting, surrounded by wall to wall windows of the front garden and patio, the environment is inviting and wine country authentic.
Tasting highlights for me were the smoked grilled beets paired with the Brut Rose` and the rabbit served with angelica root paired with the 2012 Bowtie Chardonnay. The presentation of the rabbit was literally spring on a plate. To satisfy my sweet tooth, which is no simple task, the Inverted Brie Tarts dipped in a melted Ratafia Caramel was to die for.
Insert visual to ensue jealousy here:
In the spirit of spring time I was also secretly anxious for the opportunity to finally wear something that didn’t involve boots or a scarf. One thing that can be said about my shopping style is I shop anywhere and everywhere. One spot that I often forget to pop into is Kohl’s. On our last trip to the always running a sale department store, I was pleasantly surprised with the Lauren Conrad line. It was a collection that I’ve been dying to peruse after completing the entire series of both Laguna Beach and The Hills over the past ten months. Not only am I not ashamed to admit that but it actually felt like some sort of worldly accomplishment worthy of a Facebook status. I am now even more Team LC after finding my current favorite dress. The all over floral pattern is perfect for wine tasting, any inevitable red drops are easily camouflaged.
Favorite accessories of the day were my Mom and Dad. Pretty darn good kick-off to Mother’s Day weekend. No crime in doubling it as a boost to birthday month as well, if I do say so myself.