Ancestor Dinner 2012 – Celebrating the Flagship


Follow the tealights…toward Ancestor


Each year in October, once the Vin de Paille has been laid out in the old Smith barn, we hold a dinner celebrating the season and the offical release of Ancestor.  Our flagship blend is comprised of the winemaking team’s favorite lots (individual portions of the final blend, fermented separately) from the vintage in which it is produced.  We have produced an Ancestor each year since its first incarnation in 2003.  2008 is the current vintage and it is comprised of 25% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 15% Merlot, and 12% Malbec.  Chef Jeff Scott captained this year’s dinner, consisting of a four course meal paired with Halter Ranch wines, peaking with the 2008 Ancestor.  What follows is a photo journal of the event. We’d suggest pairing the experience of viewing this post with a glass of 2010 Cotes de Paso Rouge, but that’s just us.  It might be equally appropriate to pull the cork on an Ancestor from your cellar for conceptual symmetry.



Cathy Lafayette making arrangements

Chef Jeff’s Culinary Conjurings

Lindsay P’s first Ancestor Dinner…looking sharp!

Delectible Starters

Stuffed Figs tempt fate

Katie and Tony pose generously in the midst of prepping

Paired with 2011 Cotes de Paso Blanc

The straw mitigates mildew while the grapes slowly dry and flavors intensify

Paired with 2010 Cotes de Paso


Chef Jeff shares his thoughts on the Ancestor Pairing

Steeling ourselves for the third course

Paired with 2008 Ancestor


Paired with 2009 Vin de Paille

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