A remarkable bounty of food, wine and festive activities are hallmarks of Thanksgiving at Triple Creek Ranch this year. The second annual Vintner Thanksgiving Weekend 2016 features California’s L’Aventure Winery from November 23 to 27, 2016.
Pairing a multi-course Thanksgiving feast from Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman with releases from the celebrated boutique winery, the Thanksgiving festivities are a highlight of the Vintner Event Weekends that take place throughout the year at Triple Creek Ranch. Yet they go far beyond a celebratory holiday meal, as the guest winemaker is in residence for the duration, easily accessible and enjoying ranch activities alongside guests.
The weekend festivities will include a cooking class on making homemade pies with the culinary team, as well as a cooking class with recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. There will be horseback rides in the Bitterroot National Forest and a L’Aventure Seminar. At past Thanksgiving celebrations, there have been pre-dinner cocktails in Elk Meadow, the home of Triple Creek Ranch owners Barbara and Craig Barrett, with an informal tour of the Barrett’s private collection of Western art. Rates for Thanksgiving Weekend 2016 start at $950 per cabin, based on double occupancy and include all meals, wines, holiday activities and more. For details on the all-inclusive rates click here.
The wines of L’Aventure Winery are among the most sought after wines in Paso Robles. L’Aventure Winery was founded in 1996 when artisan winemaker Stephan Asseo left Bordeaux to pursue his quest for great terroir in the United States. He chose the Willow Creek District on the west side of Paso Robles and his wines combines Bordeaux and Rhône varietals, resulting in distinctive and award-winning Paso blends. Stephen’s daughter, Chloe Asseo, will be pouring and discussing a number of L’Aventure wines throughout the holiday weekend. They’ll include the Optimus 2010 and 2012, as well as the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages of Estate Cuvee and Cote a Cote.
Some of these wines will be paired with a multi-course Thanksgiving feast from Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, who promises to bring the flavors of the Rocky Mountains to a traditional holiday feast. Thanksgiving dinner is served “family style” at Triple Creek Ranch, from an elegantly decorated table stretching the length of the dining room.
The holiday feast is likely to include a salad of Baby Lettuces, Grilled Arapama and Grapefruit Celery with Pomegranate Lemon Vinaigrette followed by a Root Vegetable Soup with Candied Prosciutto and Fresh Sage. The main attraction is a Locally Raised Organic Heritage Turkey that’s been Roasted and Smoked, accompanied by Chive Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Stuffing, Parmesan and Sweet Potato Gratin, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Sautéed Baby Kale and Swiss Chard, Vincent Family Cranberries and Turkey Neck Gravy. For those who’ve left room for dessert, expect an assortment of ranch-made Pies, including Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan, with fresh Whipped Cream.
Triple Creek Ranch’s wine program is overseen by Sommelier Jeremy White and has led to 10 consecutive Wine Spectator “Awards of Excellence” since 2005 and a yearly “Best Of, Award of Excellence” from the publication since 2012. The Winter Vintner & Culinary Events and the Spring Vintner Events showcase the best of Triple Creek Ranch and 2017 already has a spectacular lineup.
November 23- 27, 2016 Thanksgiving Vintner Weekend L’Aventure Winery
Jan 26 – 29 Chateau Montelena
Feb 9 – 12 Spottswoode Winery
May 11 – 14 Et Fille Wines
May 18 – 21 Hill Family Winery
May 25 – 28 Chappellet Winery