Journeyman Meat Company opened on August 2, offering a wine bar, locally sourced butcher shop with estate-raised beef, wood-fired pizzas, house-cured salumi and sandwiches.
I poked my head inside a few weeks ago, not intending to stay. But the sight of the salumi on display was too hard to resist.
While this vintage Berkel is used for decor, the salumi are sliced on a similar hand-cranked slicer that avoids overheating the meats. At the time, a couple sizes of salumi boards were offered, as well as San Lorenzo wine and salumi flights.
I opted for the 4 wines/7 salumi flight at $28 and took a seat in the lounge area. The wines were 2014 Journeyman Golden Egg Chardonnay, 2014 Journeyman Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2014 Journeyman Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and 2015 San Lorenzo Rock Garden Zinfandel. I tried each of the wines alone and with the suggested pairing. None of the pairings really worked for me though the wines were fine. Favorite was the Golden Egg chardonnay for its vibrant acidity to cut through the pork fat.
The salumi tasting was quite ample, and actually included eight varieties, plus bread, olives and some lovely pickled vegetables (carrots, fennel, onion). I liked them all though noted that a couple had a bit of sweetness that seemed out of place. They seemed fresher and less salty than other producers'. Favorites were the Bianco, Pio and Vintners. However, they were arranged randomly rather than in order of the suggested wine pairings.
Not able to memorize the name of each salumi when served, I had the staffer identify them all again and I made this key. Starting at the top from left to right were numbers 1 through 4, and the bottom row were number 5 through 8.
The estate beef is finished on grain.
I'll mention that my wine+salumi flight for $28 served up considerably more salumi than the $25 salumi board that another customer ordered. So, that might be the value leader here. But then again, the same flight that I ordered at the next table did not seem as generous. YMMV
This was a nice first visit and I'll be back to try more of the wares. Visiting the salumeria at Charles Krug in St. Helena today, I learned that it will soon be serving Journeyman's salumi.
Journeyman Meat Company
404 Center Street
Healdsburg, California 95448
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