Perfect “Pearings”

Megan Hoberg - September 22, 2016

The Kelseyville Pear Festival is right around the corner and several Lake County restaurants are getting into the spirit of the festival by featuring pear themed dishes “peared” with Lake County wines.  The specials will run through the end of the month, but all of these restaurants feature Lake County wines for you to enjoy any time. 

I travelled around the lake on a mission to try each of the featured items and I was treated so some incredible “pearings.”  I also had a chance to try out a couple of places that I’ve never been and learn some new things about some long time favorites. 

Fresh & Bangin in Lucerne

Pork Sausage and Pear Empanada with a charred pear and carrot habanero aioli.  Pair with Chacewater’s Dry Riesling. 

This was actually my first time to visit Fresh & Bangin and they definitely won me over with the mention of “habanero” in their pairing.  I’m a huge fan of anything spicy, but those of you with more sensitive taste buds will be pleased to know that the aioli only has a slight kick to it as the sweetness of the pears tones down the traditionally spicy pepper. 

Blue Wing Saloon and Café in Upper Lake

Pork Loin with pear chutney, dirty rice and green beans.  Pair with Six Sigma’s Sauvignon Blanc.

Not only did I enjoy this pear themed entrée, but I also had a chance to explore Upper Lake for the first time in a while.  Several new stores and eateries have popped up along Main Street!  I'll definitely return in the near future to explore the latest additions.  

Park Place in Lakeport

Pear Pizza with Gorgonzola, fresh pears, arugula and pear vinaigrette.  Pair with Fore Family’s Grenache Blanc. 

Park Place has recently updated the interior of the restaurant and also expanded the seating area outdoors.  Additional changes are coming soon, but they’re already off to a great start. 

Saw Shop Gallery and Bistro in Kelseyville

Spiced Pear Flatbread with a four-cheese blend, spiced pears, gorgonzola, walnuts, raisins, and arugula.  Pair with Steele Wine’s Shooting Star Pinot Noir or Wildhurst’s Merlot.

If you visit on a Wednesday, then you can purchase your favorite bottles of Lake County wines for half the price.  Order the Pinot and the Merlot with your flatbread and decide which one you think pairs the best.

Chic Le Chef in Hidden Valley

Wine Country Pear Salad with grilled chicken, mixed greens, walnuts, dried cranberries and pear thyme vinaigrette.  Pair with Chacewater’s Chardonnay. 

You may be more familiar with Chic Le Chef as a catering company, but their newly opened restaurant in Hidden Valley is definitely worth a visit.  They’re open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner and you can dine-in or carry out.  They’re starting a “Winery of the Month” program soon with a prix fixe menu paired with local wines. 

Be sure to visit the Wine Pavilion at the Pear Festival this Saturday.  Chic Le Chef will be providing small bites and there will be several different Lake County wines to sample.  Hope to see you there!

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