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John Ash & Co. Restaurant Will Host a Lazy Creek Vineyards Winemaker Dinner on July 15

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The Celebrated Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Producer Will Showcase Wines Alongside A Special Pairing Menu Created by Chef Tom Schmidt

Christy Ackerman

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (June 21, 2017)—John Ash & Co. Restaurant is partnering with Anderson Valley’s Lazy Creek Vineyards for a Summer Sunset Winemaker Dinner and Garden Tour on July 15. Winemaker Christy Ackerman will join just 30 guests for a five-course meal on the restaurant’s sun porch, featuring seasonal pairings created by Executive Chef Tom Schmidt. Before dining, Gardner Chris Connell will lead guests on a tour of the property’s culinary garden.

“We are so excited to bring Christy Ackerman and Lazy Creek wines to John Ash & Co.! These wines absolutely shine when paired with Chef Tom’s menu, utilizing our summer produce.” says Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co.’s General Manager Percy Brandon. “Guests will see the food they eat growing in our garden. It doesn’t get more farm-to-table than that.”

What: Summer Sunset Winemaker Dinner and Garden Tour with Lazy Creek Vineyards
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 5:30p.m.-9:30p.m.
Where: John Ash & Co. Restaurant
Tickets: $125, available at: http://lcvwinemakerdinnergardentour.bpt.me

Don and Rhonda, founders of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, acquired Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. in 2000, expanding their vision of sharing their appreciation of wine, food and hospitality in Sonoma County. In 2008, the Caranos acquired Lazy Creek Vineyards because its bucolic setting reminded them of when they first started in the wine business over 35 years ago. One of the smallest and oldest wineries in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, specializing in pinot noirs, Lazy Creek Vineyards, named for the meandering creek that runs through the 95-acre ranch, is a CSWA certified sustainable vineyard and winery producing small-lot, highly-rated pinot noirs and gewürztraminer from their estate.

The menu appears below.

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres on the John Ash & Co. Lawn

Roederer Estate Brut NV, Anderson Valley

Thai shrimp cake, nuoc mam

2016 Lazy Creek Vineyards Gewürztraminer, Anderson Valley

Strawberries, fresh chèvre, garden thyme

First Course

2016 Lazy Creek Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Salmon, scallop & watermelon napoleon, whipped fromage blanc, frisée, chives, lemon and extra virgin olive oil

Second Course

2015 Lazy Creek Vineyards Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Roasted Squab, sweet corn timbale, cherry pinot reduction

Third Course

2015 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Brown sugar cured filet of beef, pinot jus, blue lake green beans with black pig bacon & sweet onions, Anson Mills Carolina Gold rice grits cake

Dessert Course

2013 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Gold, Dry Creek Valley

White chocolate lemon mousse cake, Dry Creek peaches, blueberry gelato

About John Ash & Co. Restaurant

Helmed by veteran chef, Tom Schmidt, John Ash & Co. restaurant is one of Sonoma County’s premier dining venues, featuring a seasonal menu built around local, sustainable ingredients, many of which are grown in the on-site culinary garden. With a lively bar scene, welcoming sun porch, and the region’s only “all season” terrace nestled amidst the estate’s vineyards and gardens, John Ash & Co. is classic wine country dining at its best. The restaurant is located on the Vintners Inn estate at 4330 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; for information and reservations, visit http://www.vintnersinn.com/johnash.asp or call (707) 527-7687.

About Lazy Creek Vineyards

Lazy Creek Vineyards sits on a 95 acres ranch in Mendocino County’s bucolic Anderson Valley. Its vineyards were first planted more than 100 years ago, by the Italian Pinoli family. The winery was established in 1973 by Hans and Theresia Kobler, and quickly earned its reputation for excellent pinot noir and Alsatian-style gewürztraminer. In 2008, Lazy Creek Vineyards was acquired by Don and Rhonda Carano, who have continued a winemaking program emphasizing single-vineyard, terroir-driven pinot noirs and gewürztraminer, under the direction of winemaker Christy Ackerman. In 2014, Lazy Creek Vineyards was designated a California Certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).

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