I ended up arriving embarrassingly early since my ride to and from the event had to be in town by 5:30 himself, and that's when my event began, so I sat outside and expected to wait in the sun for a half hour. Not the case. Soon I was ushered in by one of the "wine guys" who handed me a glass and got me started sipping on amazing wines. I got to meet each member of the Austin Winery team and was floored to discover the owners of the winery were my age! Successful young people, always an awesome thing.
I also got to meet Chef Crusco, who was extremely friendly and interested in chatting about blogging. As the other bloggers arrived we all sipped more fantastic wines and nibbled on the awesome menu.
Now, for the food.
Gorgonzola Dates: Dates, Gorgonzola Dolce, Smoked almonds, orange blossom honey, citrus zest, parsley. I could have eaten handful after handful of these lovely little appetizers. They were absolutely delicious and perfectly balanced with sweet and savory.
Gazpacho de Tomates: Cold tomato soup, Sherry vinegar, Accoutrements of pepper/onion/olive/crouton. I LOVED this. I am not a huge gazpacho fan, but this was creamy and silky without the dairy! The flavor was rich and tasted like it was fresh from the farmer's market. It made me rethink my stance on cold soup for sure.
Alfajores de Maizena: Butter cookies, Homemade Dulce de Leche, Toasted Coconut. This was our take-home treat, and I failed to get a picture of it. Even my Designated Driver was handed a bundle, which was nice. They were delicious, buttery, crumbly little cookies. Spot-on.
The winery is open weekends for tastings, or weekdays by private event only. They're currently in their harvest season, so check their website to see when they will be open again.
Chef Crusco is available for private parties, check his website for details!