A Wine Tasting and Food Pairing to Shout About

I love when social media is actually social. I have an Instagram account for this column, @ocwineblog, and I received a note there about an upcoming Wagner Family Wine Tasting. Orange County wine lovers are familiar with the Wagner Family portfolio of wines—Caymus, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, Emmolo, and more. These popular wines hail from Rutherford, Monterey, and across California. The family has built a loyal following with diverse wines, which are available in stores and restaurants throughout Orange County. I’ve been a fan of the unoaked Mer Soleil Chardonnay for years. But what caught my attention was the sender—Yves Restaurant & Wine Bar. Unfamiliar with Yves Restaurant in Anaheim, I asked to see the wine-tasting menu to see if anything caught my eye. Caught my eye it did!

Many tastings and classes denote the wines to be poured and say crackers or bread and a cheese plate is available, which is often bland food to soak up the alcohol. Yves Restaurant & Wine Bar promotes this Wagner Family of Wines Wine Class on June 28 as five tastings with tapas. This is cuisine thoughtfully paired to showcase the specific Wagner wine.

Taste #1
2016 Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Smoked Salmon: lemon emulsion, pickled mustards seeds, sweet sour onions, watercress

Taste #2
2015 Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands
Burrata and Peaches: sous vide peaches, burrata cheese, pistachio, pickled lemon, arugula, golden balsamic

Taste #3
2015 Conundrum California Red Wine Blend
Filet Wellington: beef tenderloin, puff pastry, coffee demi glaze, balsamic roasted shallots

Taste #4
2016 Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif
Pork Cheek Ragout: fire roasted pimento pork ragout, cavatelli pasta

Taste #5
2015 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Duck Sausage and Polenta: baked polenta, blistered grape tomato ragout, fried basil

Taste #6
Wagner Family Wine TBD
Swiss Roll: sponge cake, raspberry jam, cream cheese glaze

I’m certainly enchanted. Yves is presenting the Wagner Family Wines in a bright spotlight with this extraordinary menu. Without Instagram, this artisan restaurant featuring French-Italian fare and a curated wine list never would have hit my radar. Make your reservation quickly for this June 28 tasting – and ask what wine event is next!

Yves Restaurant & Wine Bar Wagner Family of Wines Showcase
June 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
Five tastings for $75
5753 East Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim

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