Bidding 2019 farewell

Wineries toast to the new year

SPECIAL WINES Seekery Vineyard’s typical holiday wine lineup. Photo courtesy of Seeker Vineyard

Sofia Fedotova, co-owner of Lightpost Winery in Morgan Hill, thought it would be great to commemorate their first year with a time capsule. And, of course, a party.

“We had a small, wonderful reception with everyone having a great time, sharing stories, nibbling on yummy appetizers from Mama Mia’s, and of course, tasting wines, including new releases of Pinot Noir,” Fedotova said. “Local new flower shop (Real Flower) graciously brought us a beautiful autumn flower arrangement for the event.”

People wrote their memories on Lightpost postcards, along with photographs representing their favorite memories of the year. They plan to bury it under the vines along with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, when it’s less muddy. They plan to do it every year.

She and winemaker, Christian Roguenant, shared their favorite holiday traditions. He likes Pinot Noir with Alaskan halibut topped with wild mushrooms and a reduction sauce with capers.

Said Fedotova, “No holiday table in Russia goes without Olivier salad, a Russian version of potato salad.” 

Made with ham or bologna, pickles and peas, it should pair nicely with Lightpost’s Russian River Pinot Noir.

Karen Seeker of Seeker Vineyard said their Christmas day usually begins with brunch featuring Belgian waffles paired with their sparkling rosé or Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. “Christmas isn’t Christmas without homemade fudge, which we enjoy with our 2016 Grandiflora (Syrah and Cabernet blend),” she said. 

On New Year’s Eve, they always toast with one of their sparklings, at midnight New York time.

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