Delicacies with Maegen on the Halter Ranch Bridge

Halter Ranch Covered Bridge Dinner


Twilit Bridge


Each year, near the start of harvest we hold a special dinner catered by a local chef on our covered bridge.  The bridge was built in 2009 by Western Wood Structures Incorporated of Tualatin, Oregon to meet the fire department’s requirement for access to the new winery across Las Tablas Creek.  As with all structures onsite, the bridge combines clean, beautiful, and rustic aesthetic with function to provide a memorable transition from the tasting room and barnyard to the vineyards and winery.  This past Saturday we felt exceedingly privileged to host local culinary extraordinaire Maegen Loring as the guest chef for this year’s dinner and the setting could not have been more ideal.


The Crowd Congregates for appetizers and their first glass


Given the tendency for the setting sun to be somewhat piercing from a sitting position on the bridge around 6 pm, we began the evening with three delectable appetizers in and around the old Smith Barn.


Apple, Endive, and Smooth Spiced Cheese




Wonton with Crab, Sesame, and Greens


Once the first trio of bites were exhausted, we made our way from the barnyard onto the bridge for the primary courses, dessert, and paired Halter Ranch Wines.  Kevin gave a small presentation as the first course began to arrive, paired with 2011 Sauvignon Blanc.


Kevin calls for attention


Beyond being beautiful, the first course impressed with surprising depth of flavor and texture.  The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc absolutely sang along side the grilled banana, macadamia nuts, and delicate fish.  The curry sauce was indescribably excellent.


Got Sole?


The 2002 Halter Ranch Syrah was absolutely exquisite when tasted with the quail dish pictured below.  Maegen consistently impresses with her pairing choices and this event was no exception.


Quail on Chickpea Puree with Pomegranate


2007 Block 41 Cabernet Sauvignon is a special block designate (100% Cabernet, 100% from hillside Block 41) unique to the very structured 2007 vintage.  This wine has mellowed since its release last year, but still truly shines when paired with hearty meat dishes.




The savory sounding dessert was full of texture and flavor without being too sweet playing perfect compliment to 2009 Vin de Paille.


Star anise alongside layered pear and cornbread


As ever, we left the dinner sated and slightly deflated at the tendency of such delightful occasions to pass too swiftly.  We could not complain too much however, Halter Ranch is equally as beautiful beneath the moon as it is under the sun.


Maegen Chats with Guests


Until next time…

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