Dear Los Angeles,
Five months into our West Coast relocation, we can say we’ve developed a fondness for hiking and are OBSESSED with California wine. Especially those from Emily and Jody Towe’s j. brix label. Their story—like ours—is one of love, risk taking, gastronomy, and drink. In 2007 the two fell for a bottle of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir and made it their goal to create wines that were equal parts transformative and communicative. With minimal intervention and no manipulation in the form of added yeasts, fining or filtering, they have handily succeeded. We’re pleased to match our dishes with their 2013 releases. Consider this your invitation to de Porres + j. brix, Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30PM at the tucked away and enchanting Elysian.
The evening begins in the garden with pisco sours, a small bite, and a fortuneteller. Jody and Emily will be at the table as well to pour and tell us exactly what it is we’re drinking. An Edna Lewis inspired “She-Crab” soup is first. Of Lowcountry origins, Sherry and cream-rich, Pablo adds fresh crab and tarragon to his for something a bit brighter than the lady herself had in mind. It will be paired with “The Augur,” an exciting and completely dry Riesling straight outta Santa Barbara. Next is crispy pig tails with a ginger and sugar glaze, served alongside a salad of plums, frisée, and almonds. “Uncontainable” Vin Gris of Grenache joins the piggies. Sent directly to press and fermented in neutral French oak, it is the palest possible pink and stunning to look at and delightful to drink.
Named for a legendary Cajun shape shifter, “Rougarou,” this elegant Carignan allows the couple to pay tribute their adopted city, San Diego. We will pour it with aji de gallina. A Peruvian classic of chicken, walnuts, queso fresco, and the Andean pepper, aji amarillo. Pablo’s is served over rice and topped with Peruvian botija olives, salsa criolla, and a quail egg.
For dessert we travel to Louisville and get decadent with Pegasus Pie. Bourbon, walnuts, and chocolate, in Kentucky we’re more likely to eat it on Derby Saturday. However, with de Porres, I reserve it for special occasions and showing off. It will be topped with vanilla bean whipped cream and matched with The Rare Wine Company’s New York Malmsey from their Historical Madeira Series.
$120 per guest includes everything you read above and the best company. Please do RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pleasure, as always, will be ours.
Danielle and Pablo
The soothsayer in the garden will be one Marty Windahl. Those of you who joined us for de Porres Angelino East will remember her. For the unfamiliar, have a look at Marty’s weekly web readings. Time and time again, this woman has had my number.