Celebrate the Holidays at the Festive Grand Del Mar.
The nationally known Successful Meetings organization has just awarded Addison at the Grand Del Mar Resort the best Hotel Restaurant in the nation this year.
Those of us who have been pleasured by this signature restaurant and its Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley are not surprised by this latest accolade.
Bradley’s simple, refined style of cooking, taking local ingredients and masterfully engaging French influences, has inspired diners since the dining room opened with the resort in 2006. “I am driven not by trends but by the history of food,” he declared. “My emphasis is on mastering simplicity with a keen focus on taste and technique.”
Addison Wine Director Jesse Rodriguez is in step with Bradley, building a 36,000 bottle wine inventory that is impressive by any standard, and includes fine wines from France, Italy and Spain. Famous California top vintage wines can be discovered along with newly respected selections from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.
Events in honor of the holidays include: an Artisan Carte Blanche seven-course Thanksgiving Day Menu from 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24; a Lewis Cellars Wine Dinner on Thursday Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. with Dennis Bell of Lewis collaborating with Rodriguez and Bradley for a three-course wine dinner; a Christmas eve dinner at Addison is Dec. 24 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.; and a seven-course dinner at Addison is planned for New Years Eve Dec. 31 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dinner guests will have complimentary access to the Grand New Years Eve Party with dancing to Wayne Foster’s six-piece band and DJ.
For all events, RSVP at (858) 314-1900. Visit thegranddelmar.com.
Wines for the Holidays
Here are nine wines that will serve you well during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other parties:
Alec’s Blend, Lewis Cellars, Napa Valley, 2009. $60. Newest creation from Lewis is 80 percent Syrah, 17 percent Merlot & 3 percent Cab. Lively on the palate!
Acacia Chardonnay, Carneros, 2009. $12. Ginger-honeycomb flavors put this over the top.
Banfi Belnero Blend, Tuscany, 2008. $28. Sangiovese, with tastes of Cabernet and Merlot. Violet and cherry flavors.
Chateau Rollan Le By, Bordeaux, 2008. $23. 70 percent Merlot, 10 percent Cab, 10 percent Cab Franc, 10 percent Petit Verdot. Fine French wine at a value price.
Conundrum blended white wine, 2010, Napa. $17. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat. A honey of a white wine.
Montes Alpha Cabernet, Chile, 2006. $16. This power cab was laid down for 2 years. Incredible flavor enhancement.
Orfila Estate Montepulciano, San Pasqual Valley, 2009. $29. First Orfila release of this Italian grape favorite. Spicy characteristics.
Orin Swift The Prisoner blend, Napa Valley, 2010. $37. 44 percent Zinfandel swings the flavor up. Legendary winemaker Dave Phinney’s signature blend.
V. Sattui Zinfandel, Russian River Sonoma, 2008. $36. Slow growth vines and moderate vigor provide perfect maturity at harvest.
North County Wine Company in San Marcos has seven Thanksgiving wines for tasting Nov. 18 from 4 to 10 p.m. $10, includes appetizers. Call (760) 744-2119.
PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar in Carlsbad Nov. 17 through Nov. 23 has Thanksgiving wines, with six one-ounce tastings for $16. Check in for details at (760) 729-7377.
Taste Champagne and Sparkling Wines Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reserve time slot by calling (858) 586-WINE. $10.
Thornton Winery in Temecula has a Thanksgiving Day Dinner Nov. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. Includes one glass of non-vintage Brut. $49.95. RSVP at (951) 699-0099.