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Longboard Vineyards showcases California’s Russian River Valley at a superb Alberto’s Ristorante wine dinner.

Photo by Jennifer Dow

Served with a fine North Coast Red Blend (Longboard 2010 Point Break), the course was a perfect intro into a fall -off-the-bone tender Osso Bucco—a braised pork shank with light fresh vegetables in a merlot and cabernet wine sauce. A Dakine Vineyard 2009 Merlot from Oded’s estate vineyard and a Redgrav Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon gave the main entrée a celebratory finish.

The final sweet end to the evening was a single fresh Bosc pear stuffed with mascarpone cheese, giving the guests a light and bright send-off served with a Longboard 2010 Late Harvest Semillon.

Warmed by tastefully creative Cape Cod cuisine and wines touched by the California sun and a talented winemaker’s vision, the guests eagerly wrote down Longboard’s website and shared dreams of heading over the bridge soon for the bountiful vineyards of the Russian River Valley.

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