greetings, hounds, we took a weekend escape/indulgence to attend the annual bbq at Seghesio winery's cellars/tasting room. The Seghesios bring in Chris Lilly to run their big smoker, and he sets an unfortunately high standard for N.Cal bbq. Our first years of marriage were in Missouri; we had our 'q template formed by the neighborhood joints in KC, and Lilly combines the best of different styles. His pulled pork (12-14 hr. smoked)and pork ribs are so tender and full of sweet, spicy, smoky flavor they're fine with no sauce at all; there were two types available. The sides were excellent cole slaw, chili, corn on the cob, and a watermelon salad. Seven or eight different zinfandels and a white Italian-moved-to-Sonoma varietal, arneis, were poured (a Piedmontese branch of the family makes award-winning Barolos and this branch has the oldest Sangiovese plantings in the U.S.).
I post, not to praise these foods because their availability isn't sustainable, but to mention the dessert, Bovolo gelato. At the bbq, vanilla and blackberry/Seghesio zinfandel(my wife went back for thirds of this). The following day, after an excellent brunch at Tacqueria Santa Rosa (in the shopping center with Safeway) with the copa mundial broadcast, we went for more at the Bovolo shop on the plaza. They will split a small(2.50) cup with two different mini scoops, and my wife enjoyed the blackberry/zin with a delicious and intense blood orange sorbetto. My own blackberry/zin was complemented by 'fromage blanc', which in gelato form was a kind of ethereal cheesecake, if one could find a light noncloying barely sweetened version made from a very fresh lightbodied cheese.The eight or ten other varieties included ginger, pistachio, banana, scharffenberger. We also saw a number of delicious-looking lunch items served, and a notice of a special dinner planned for the 27th with foods using teas (incl. tuna, duck, gelato, served family style with free flowing wine included)that sounded like a great alternative to the normal fare around town. We'll need to try lunch or dinner there on our next visit;the prices for the quality are very reasonable in comparison to the other 'wine country cuisine' places in Healdsburg we've sampled. cheers