Friday, November 14, 2008

Fall tour: Woodhall Wine Cellars

I like to pull pertinent information off the e-letters that I receive from various wineries in the region. This comes from my friends at Woodhall Wine Cellars in Parkton, Md., one I've made a regular stop for at least five years.

I'm told my favorite weekend there, the library sale, is scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7, from noon to 4 p.m. You don't find too many wineries clearing out their old stock annually, but Woodhall does, and there are choices aplenty.

Before that, here are details on the fall wine dinners at Patricia Della Casual Fine Dining, located just out the front door of the winery and a no more than a short stroll down a pathway. Reservations are suggested.

NOV. 15

A pan seared scallop with a blood orange gastrique and a filet mignon rosette with an agave nectar wasabi crème fraiche
Butternut squash and roasted red pepper bisque
Baby spinach, red onion and dried apricot salad with a maple tarragon dressing
Striped bass with a white wine sauce featuring limes, shallots and picholines
Blood orange sherbet

NOV. 22

A jumbo prawn with persimmon coulis and a lamb chop encrusted with macadamia nuts served with a sweet pineapple BBQ sauce
Roasted tomato and basil soup
Mixed greens, apple slices and candied pecans with a maple tarragon dressing
Filet mignon filled with herb encrusted goat cheese served with a balsamic reduction
Praline semifreddo

Each course will be paired with a medal-winning Woodhall wine selected by the owners and wine maker of Woodhall. The dinner including wine, but exclusive of tax and gratuity, is $60 per person. Seatings will be at 6 and 8 p.m. each evening. Call 410.357.5078 to make your reservation.

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