I got in a lot of good wine tasting over Thanksgiving in Napa Valley (which will be documented this week), but I also visited a couple great restaurants that I had never been to, including Redd in Yountville. Annie P. has been raving about this place for years, and I finally got a chance to check it out with her and another friend (who shall be known as RayJay) on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The restaurant showcases the finest and freshest ingredients that are regionally seasonal, executing beautiful plates and refined flavors. And to match the delicious food, there is an extensive wine list, in addition to a menu of artisan cocktails.
Annie. P already had a “Damage Control” in hand when RayJay and I arrived after parking, so RayJay ordered another and I opted for the “Wild Bill” – because I can’t resist a cocktail with bourbon and egg whites. Both were refreshing and tasty without being too alcoholic. Annie P. suggested that we also order a bottle of the Cep Rose 2012 Russian River, her second favorite pink wine (with Sinskey’s being the first). I winced at the price ($58) but thought, what the heck – it’s got to be her favorite for a reason. As expected, it was very nice; light and dry with floral notes and hints of spice, strawberries and orange zest. And it went very well with our meal!
Again at Annie P.’s suggestion, we shared two appetizers: sashimi of hamachi, and yellowfin tuna and hamachi tartare. I was initially worried about the dishes being too similar because they both included hamachi, but they were each very uniquely composed with different flavors and textures. I loved both dishes, but slightly favored the sashimi for it’s simplicity.
Ray ordered the shrimp salad with avocado, bacon and caesar dressing and Annie P. opted for the roasted chicken with root vegetables, mushroom, spinach and potato puree. I tried both of their dishes, and the shrimp in RayJay’s salad were cooked and seasoned perfectly. The roasted chicken was tender and moist, and the sauce was delicious! I helped her finish off the last of the potatoes 🙂
Still, I loved my entree the most! I ordered caramelized diver scallops with cauliflower puree, almonds and balsamic reduction. They were beautifully seared, and I particularly enjoyed the pieces of roasted cauliflower mixed in with the puree. I wish I had more Rosé to taste with the dish, but the bottle was already finished by the time I realized my glass was empty. Oops!
To finish off the already amazing meal, we shared a huckleberry sorbet panna cotta with roasted pumpkin seeds. I’m not usually a dessert person, but this was very tasty! I loved the addition of the crispy pumpkin seeds with the granita and smooth sorbet on top. Just like everything else we ordered, the textures were perfectly balanced and the flavor components were spot-on. I can’t wait to go back and taste the rest of the menu, though the sashimi might have to be a repeat. I knew Annie P. wouldn’t steer me wrong!