The holiday season is in full swing and what better way to celebrate the holidays with a secret dinner centered on all things Pork and Pinot. The one of a kind dinner paired La Crema wines with a tasty pork themed menu prepared by Top Chef John Tesar.

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2013 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Photo Credit: La Crema)

The secret dinner was located at Studios 1019, a gorgeous studio space in the Dallas Design District. My first impression walking into the venue was that it easily evoked those fall nights spent in a California backyard with close friends and family drinking good wine and eating great food.

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Studios 1019 (Photo Credit: La Crema)
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Pork & Pinot Secret Dinner Menu (Photo Credit: La Crema)

My evening started off on high note with the delicious Nduja Crostinis and Chicharrones with Spanish Yogurt, Sea Salt, and Smoked Trout Roe. They both paired well with the bright, juicy 2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir or the lively, zesty 2013 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. I ended up tasting both wines and almost asked for another pouring before I remembered we hadn’t even started the dinner portion of the event. Good thing I stopped myself because I still had 6 more wine tastings ahead of me!

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Nduja Crostini (Photo Credit: La Crema)
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Chicharrones with SpanishYogurt, Sea Salt, and Smoked Trout Roe (Photo Credit: La Crema)

The evening was kicked up a notch with a black glass tasting. Each guest was instructed to smell and taste the wine, and then write down the wine varietal. After I smelled and tasted the wine, I thought it was a Pinot Gris. After much heated discussions, it was revealed to be a Rosé! I really enjoyed the black glass tasting idea and thought it was a unique way to kick-off the dinner party.

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Black Glass Tasting Р2014 La Crema Russian River Ros̩ of Pinot Noir (Photo Credit: La Crema)

As the evening continued, my glass was continuously filled with various Pinot varietals while paired with delicious, mouthwatering pork courses. It really was very hard to choose which dish was my favorite because every course was perfectly paired with the wine. However, I think the Texas girl in me was swayed by the Crispy Pig Head Carnitas tacos paired with the 2013 La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The smoky, salty tacos paired well with the bold, rich Pinot.

By the end evening, I was deliriously full on food, wine, conversation, and laughter. Thank you to La Crema, Tomboy KC, and Chef John Tesar for putting on a wonderful event! I truly felt like I was at a California backyard dinner party the whole evening.

(Disclaimer: The dinner party was complimentary and all thoughts are my own.)