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Staff Moves Meeting to Jeanty

on December 6, 2014

Posted in: Bonding, Restaurants, Staff Meetting

 

Every now and then we like to have a change of scenery when hosting tasting room meetings.  We usually choose to go to a nearby restaurant that carries Laird wine, which is a way for us to say “thank you” to the restaurants that support us.  We most recently had a meeting at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, which turned out to be quite a treat!  Between the 6 of us, we ordered over half of the items on the menu, including 4 desserts.  I can honestly say that we enjoyed every dish that we ordered, however, the veal special and Jeanty’s famous tomato soup in a puff pastry were especially mouthwatering.  I should also mention that every time we eat out at a restaurant, we order a Brussels sprout dish and fight over the last bite.  This time Scott stole the last bite Brussels sprouts with bacon before anyone had a chance to claim dibs on it.

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An added bonus to having a dinner meeting is the wine that we get to share with each other.  When we have “industry” guests from other wineries visit Laird, they sometimes bring wine from their winery to trade with us and that allows us to try other wines from the valley.  Of course that poses a slight problem for us…we all want to try the wine, but we like each other too much to argue over it.  Our solution, which requires great patience, is to bring a few bottles to the occasional meetings that we have at restaurants that way we can try the wines together.  This time, we brought a bottle of 2010 Pope Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2001 Nickle and Nickle Dyer Ranch Syrah, and both wines paired perfectly with the meat based dishes that were ordered.  We toyed with the idea of purchasing a $16,000 bottle of Champagne, but quickly came to our senses and decided that we all really like our jobs.  Unfortunately, poor pregnant Terra was not able to imbibe in the wine that the rest of us got to enjoy.  But what she missed in the consumption of wine she made up for in the indulgence of dessert.  We let her have her fill on the desserts before rationing off the remainders.  11 dishes, 4 desserts, and 3 bottles of wine later, we had officially outstayed our welcome and slowly rolled ourselves out of Bistro Jeanty.