Wine Maker Dinner May 19th 2016

Starts @ 6:30  $85 per person

Please call to make a reservation. 317-925-7529

Talley Vineyards Wine Maker Eric Johnson

We are proud to announce, very short notice and all, that Recess is doing a wine maker dinner on Thursday May 19th. This wine dinner will be a small gathering of lucky Recess patrons with a relaxed, casual format. Meaning you can arrive from 6pm to 8pm, sit at your own table and enjoy the company of your choosing. We will serve a four course-tasting menu that will highlight two Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs. Wine Maker Eric Johnson, will be available to talk about the wines and the history of the Talley Vineyards.

Personally, I feel these wines are quality and I often use them to pair with Chef Greg Hardesty’s cuisine. Located in the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA, Talley Vineyards allows us to taste a unique Southern California wine appellation. An Appellation that is raising the bar as far as what can come out the area and especially from unique microclimates. The trends in the wine being: lush and full, yet balanced and bright. Big fruit offset by acid levels that beg another sip.

The wines & The food:

2013 Talley Estate Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande Valley, California

seared hawaiian marlin, lemon hazelnut cream, radish slaw

2013 Talley Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Edna Valley, California

parmesan scrambled eggs, fresh corn tamale, sugar snap peas

2013 Talley Estate Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, California

pheasant breast, truffle pheasant mushroom stew

2013 Talley Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, California

eli creek pork loin, sweet potato-bacon croquette, red wine-black grape reduction

Some notes on the wine maker…

Winemaker Eric Johnson was raised on a family farm in Los Banos, California. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he studied Wine and Viticulture and Agricultural Business Management. He joined Talley Vineyards in 2007 to work in the Tasting Room, became a harvest intern later that year and served as Enologist until 2010 when he became Winemaker.

Given his background in farming, Eric has a unique understanding of the role that the land plays in determining wine quality. “I believe that the world’s greatest wines are defined by place as opposed to winemaking manipulation.” In addition, Eric has a great work ethic and passion for excellence. “A great winemaker needs flair, imagination and the inspiration of divine discontent.”

We look forward to having you in. Please call to make a reservation. 317-925-7529


Josh Mazanowski, Sommelier