Last month I travelled to Sonoma County, California by way of the delicious wines produced by Ed and Barbara Pascoe, owners of Barbed Oak Vineyard. It was a very pleasant journey enriched with heavenly cuisine, aromatic wines, great company and stimulating conversation. The ambience was dreamy and serene, and I was never even required to set foot off the island.
To my delight, restaurant owners Paloma and Scott of The Dove invited me to experience one of their desirable Winemakers Dinners at their newly renovated dining space just above their renowned ground level restaurant and outdoor lounge on Tortola.
The fabulous evening featured a four-course meal prepared by Chef Joshua Campbell. Succulent dishes included: Blue fin crab salad with avocado, edamame puerre, & saffron honeydew compote paired with Barbed Oak Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2012. For the second course we were introduced to Diver Sea Scallops with lime potato potage, roasted red pepper romesco and micro lettuce paired with “Untouched by Oak” Chardonnay 2012. Winter black truffle duck confit ravioli with golden beets, snow peas and duck jus pleasantly rounded out our third course paired with “Zara’s Block” Pinot Noir 2012. The delectable ending featured deconstructed Baklava and dark chocolate mousse, local honey and cinnamon granola paired with “Whole Cluster” Pinot Noir 2012.
Guests loved the dinner and they loved the wines. They found the Estate Chardonnay to be buttery, oaky and gentle, while the Untouched By Oak was a very special Chardonnay holding the aromatics of lime zest and apple skin. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the spicy, rich Pinot Noir Zara’s Block, named affectionately after Ed Pascoe’s granddaughter. Described as one of the most difficult grapes to grow, Ed shared that it took them five years to cultivate the grapes into the rich bottle of red that is coveted for being unlike most Pinot Noirs. Whole Cluster rounded the evening; complex and full-bodied.
For the Pascoes, sharing dinner with friends and guests at one of the most loved restaurants in the British Virgin Islands truly embodied their experiences living in the Territory for almost a decade and the partnerships that developed over time. The wines are a reflection of Ed and Barbara’s love of life, ambition and ability to turn their dreams into visions. Instead of spending their days along the beautiful BVI beaches, they’re now able to absorb the vistas of their vineyard growing two types of grapes and producing four styles of wine. There’s something to be said about partnerships, friendships, longevity, patience and close ties…
Why should you attend one of The Dove’s Winemakers Dinners? There’s no better place to dine over wine than with the man who owns the vineyard in the space owned and designed by Paloma and Scott.
Visit their vineyard online… www.barbedoakvineyard.com
Visit The Dove and call to make reservations: 1 (284) 494-0313