Jul 26, 2009

Taste Restaurant - an Amador County excursion...

After a day of wine tasting at C.G. Di Arie, Vino Noceto, and Jeff Runquist we headed to Taste on the recommendation of Bobby , our Vino Noceto tasting room pourer extraordinaire. "Taste" opened about a year ago in a refurbished old building in downtown Plymouth. Taste’s Award Winning Beverage program features a wide selection local Zinfandels, Rhone and Italian varietals. In addition to local wines they proudly pour wines from all over California and Europe to highlight the varied styles of grapes and wine making techniques. Their beers are from small producers in California to Belgium and many places in between. We had the pleasure of chatting and sampling beer with Taste manager Tracy who is a Certified Beer Server and is on her way to becoming a Cicerone(Beer Sommelier).

Taste is operated by Mark and Tracey Berkner and their great staff. The Berkner's come from a hospitality background where they worked for small family owned restaurants, wineries and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. From 1997 to 2003 they owned and operated the St. George Hotel in Volcano, CA. They are focused on creating a great work environment for their staff and a great dining experience for their guests.

Three of us split 6 items. Four from the “small plates” menus and two from the “big plates” menu. We started with Spicy Beef Spring Rolls with jicima, piquillo pepper, mango, and fresh herbs; Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi with corn, bacon, chanterelle, spring onion, bleu cheese,and tomato fondue; Mushroom Cigars with Porcini, Crimini, Shiitake mushrooms with fresh herbs and goat cheese wrapped in phyllo dough and baked golden.(Voted Best Appetizer as by the editors of Sacramento magazine); and the Summer Nicoise Salad with olive oil poached ahi, Del Rio cherry tomatoes, and summer beans. From the “big plates” menu we selected the Kurobuta Pork Loin Chop stuffed Del Rio baby squash, truffled peach relish, arugula, and foie butter; the Day Boat Scallops with corn maque choux, grilled Del Rio Squash, and tomato butter sauce.

All presentations were gorgeous and cooked to perfection. The flavor combinations knocked our socks off! Along with the wonderful food, the staff works together like a well oiled machine. Their knowledge of the food and wine puts this restaurant on top! The food FANTASTIC! The service SUPERB!

Taste is a “must visit” restaurant. Amador County's best dining experience is on Main Street, Plymouth, the gateway to the Amador Wine Country. Dinner is served Thursday - Monday.

This Doggie Diner head is on the grounds of Vino Noceto. It brought back fond memories of dining there in San Francisco with my Dad.

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