A Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner for Sushi Lovers


For some couples of a certain age, the first wine they may have tasted featured a Paul Masson label on the bottle. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of this famous commercial featuring Orson Welles.

These days, the place where Paul Masson wines were made is known as The Mountain Winery. It’s located in Saratoga, Calif., on the western edge of Silicon Valley, and it plays host to a year-round schedule of dinners, concerts and other special events. (It’s also a popular venue for weddings.)

On Valentine’s Day 2014, The Mountain Winery is hosting a lavish seven-course dinner, complete with matching wines. The first three courses will be prepared by Master Chef Sheen Shin of Michi Sushi, while the last four will be presented by The Mountain Winery’s Master Chef, David Sidoti.

The doors will open at 7 p.m., with a sashimi reception — and they’re not even counting that as one of the courses! At 7:30, historian Jesse Montenegro will lead guests on a tour of the winery, and don’t be surprised if he drops a new names of famous celebrity guests that have stopped by through the years.

Then at 8, it’ll be time for the main event, beginning with a sushi course dubbed “Scrumptiously Divine.” It will consist of assorted sashimi mixed with spicy tuna, avocados, mango slices and kaiware, layered on fresh greens and drizzled with ponzu sauce. Guests may choose between Rock Cloud Sigori Sake or The Mountain Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc to accompany the course.

For a look at the full menu and wine pairings, click here.

The cost is $165 per person, and reservations are required. To buy tickets, click here.

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Monday: We head farther south to California’s Central Coast region for a preview of Valentine’s Day at Vina Robles in Paso Robles.

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