S.Y. Kitchen presents an exclusive wine-tasting dinner on June 18, 2015 with special guest Winemaker Joe Davis of Arcadian. Chef Luca Crestanelli has designed a menu to pair with these exceptional wines, a favorite Central Coast winery from the Lompoc Ghetto.

Joe Davis began his winemaking career in the 1980s, opening his own brand in 1996. He has consistently made quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from some of the most prestigious vineyards in the Central Coast. Particularly interesting is the ageability of his wines. He may be releasing 7 year old wines while many Central Coast producers are focusing on wines to be drunk in their youth. Greatly influenced by his role models in Burgundy (namely Domaine Dujac), Davis uses techniques such as stem inclusion and extended barrel aging to make his wines full structured and age worthy. Like a top negociant, Davis knows all the intricacies of the vineyards he uses and keeps detailed logs of each vintage he harvests. Look forward to the 2001 Gary’s Vineyard Syrah which Davis touts as the best wine he has ever made from Gary’s Vineyard.

Traditionally, Arcadian harvests fruit with more modest sugar levels and higher natural acidity than many of their fellow growers. The belief that Arcadian wines will continue to evolve in the bottle for years to come and that this will ultimately produce a more interesting wine is what drives the philosophy of these wines. “I admire Joe Davis's willingness to take risks,” states Antonio Galloni in his 2013 Vinous Media reviews for Arcadian, continuing, “The intellectual desire to experiment and push the envelope is a quality many of the world's greatest winemakers share.”

Arcadian Winemaker Dinner
Thursday, June 18th 2015
7:00 pm

Lobster Tail with Onion Mousse, Citrus Marinade, and Tomato
Arcadian Chardonnay ‘Sleepy Hollow Vineyard’ 2008

Mozzarella in Carozza with Basil and Tomato Coulis
Arcadian Pinot Noir ‘Gold Coast Vineyard’ 2008

Primo Piatto
Potato Gnocchi with Taleggio and Porcini Mushrooms
Arcadian Pinot Noir ‘Sleepy Hollow Vineyard’ 2005

Secondo Piatto
Lamb Chops, Zucchini ‘al forno’ with Mint,
and Pomme Nature

Arcadian ‘Westerly Vineyard’ Syrah 2007
Arcadian ‘Gary’s Vineyard’ Syrah 2001

Local Strawberries in Red Wine Reduction
with Gelato alla Crema

Thursday, June 18, 2015
7:00 p.m.
$130 per guest, inclusive of menu, wines, taxes and gratuities. Limited seating for this special event. Reservations may be made by calling 805.691.9794 with credit card pre-payment

S.Y. Kitchen
1110 Faraday Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Owners Kathie and Mike Gordon along with their partner Executive Chef Luca Crestanelli, Sous Chef Francesco Crestanelli, Wine Director Emily Johnston and Bar Manager Alberto Battaglini, bring warmth and style and exquisite food and beverages to the Santa Ynez Valley restaurant they opened in April 2013.

With a degree in Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Chef Luca Crestanelli found his passion and refined his technique during his world travels. He discovered ingredients, recipes, and methods of cooking varied from each little town or village within a country, as each region honored age-old traditions. Over time he developed his own distinctive style, creating an enriched, authentic local culinary experience that honors traditional Italian cuisine.


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