Local Chef Mike Fisher will join up with well-known San Benito County wine maker, Josh Jensen of Calera Winery on Sunday, Jan. 22 for a unique offering —a four-course fine dining and wine event at Fisher's in downtown Hollister. The cost for the evening, including wine, will be $80 per person, including tax and gratuity.
Jensen has been growing grapes in the county for more than 37 years, when he started Calera. Despite doubters in the industry, he has proven himself many times over with wines that consistently win national recognition. Jensen has been a trailblazer in recognizing the Cienega area's potential as a top Pinot Noir region.
This past summer, John Tilson with the Underground Wineletter wrote, "My history with Calera goes back some 35 years when I first visited the new winery and tasted the first wines from the 1978 vintage. Since then I have followed their remarkable progress. And, as I have said earlier, Calera is on a roll. Owner/Founder Josh Jensen and Winemaker Mike Waller and their team are doing a great job. The latest Calera releases are from the low yielding drought years of 2014 and 2013." Tiller suggested readers give the wines a try and wrote, "They are special wines from a special place."
Fisher was raised in San Benito County, and started working in the food industry at the Tres Pinos Inn. He wanted to expand his horizons, so he took off to France, refining his art and learning the skills needed to be a top-level chef.
Sunday, Jan. 22
Sparkling Wine and Canape Reception 5:30-6 p.m.
Dinner served at 6 p.m.
Lobster Bisque with seared jumbo scallop
2015 Central Coast Viognier
Ibbie's Chicken raised by local 4-H, stewed in tarragon jus, served over creamy polenta
2014 Central Coast Chardonnay
Paicines Ranch "Boeuf Bourguignon," potatoes au gratin, roasted brussels sprouts, black truffle
2012 Mt. Harlan Ryan Pinot Noir
Taleggio Cheese, honey comb, local dried apricots, rosemary-toasted walnuts
2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir
For more information, call 831-313-1515