Jessup Cellars & Butterfly Restaurant: A Winning Combination

A beautiful view, incredible food and great company. Add wine and lively conversation, and you’ve got a winner. We found one when Butterfly Restaurant’s Chef Rob Lam served up some fabulous dishes to pair with Jessup Cellars wines from Napa Valley.

Jessup Cellars Lot 3 Cabnernet Sauvignon and Carneros Pinot NoirLast week I traveled to San Francisco, California to attend the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers annual Zinfandel Festival, and meet with the brains and brawn behind Creative Furnace to help plan an exciting conference for the Fall. As a special treat, we sat down to taste wines from Jessup Cellars, pairing them with beautifully prepared, scrumptious offerings from Butterfly Restaurant, an Asian fusion eatery at Pier 33. Cailyn McCauley and Joel Quigley were also excited to talk about this year’s Pink Out! an annual event celebrating all things Rosé.

We tasted through five of Jessup Cellars’ newest releases; a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both 2011 from Carneros, the 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel, 2009 Lot 3 Cabernet Sauvignon and Jessup Cellar’s flagship wine; their 2009 vintage of “Table for Four,” Bordeaux-style blend.

Chef Lam started us out with one cold and one hot appetizer; Shiso Leaf Wraps – sweet miso-roasted eggplant, Thai black sticky rice, chili nuts and Ratatouille relish, and Duck Confit Spring Rolls with Chinese hot mustard and honey dipping sauce. We paired these with the 2009 Carneros Chardonnay.

Shiso Leaf Wrap and Duck Confit Eggroll
Shiso Leaf Wrap and Duck Confit Eggroll from Butterfly Restaurant at Pier 33 in San Francisco

He followed with his Mushroom “Cappuccino Soup” with white truffle oil and Porcini powder. The combination of mushroom and white truffle oil foam worked well with both the Chardonnay and the Carneros Pinot Noir. Next came Vietnamese Chili Chicken Wings with Maytag blue cheese, pickled daikon and carrots topped with cilantro and Shanghai Garlic Noodles, ‘Animal Style’ with Winter vegetables, Kalua pig, shaking beef, shrimp and a poached egg. With so many flavors going on with these dishes, it was easy to pair the dishes with all three BIG reds; the Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and “Table for Four” blend.

Shanghai Garlic Noodles, 'Animal Style', Winter vegetables, Kalua pig, shaking beef, shrimp and poached egg that jiggles
Wok Seared Shanghai Garlic Noodles with minced scallions. Add-ons include Shaking Beef, Shrimp or Kalua Pig. Just go wild for Protein and make it “Animal Style.”

As if this was not enough food to make us drift off into food coma, out came Vietnamese turmeric-grilled snapper with sizzling onions, basil, cilantro, dill, green onion and shishito peppers, butter lettuce wraps, rice noodles and Nước chấm sauce. And of course what meal would be complete without dessert? Or two? We shared a Classic Crème Brulée along with Banana Bread Pudding – Mitchell’s Macapuno Ice Cream and Banana Bruleé. This called for a double espresso to make it through the rest of our afternoon.

My favorite of the wines was “Table for Four” which we took back to Thea’s house, and it quickly disappeared…somewhere…into the cabinets. “Table for Four” is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 5% Petite Sirah, priced at $79.

Jessup Cellars’ tasting room is just one block from the French Laundry in Yountville, California. You can purchase their handcrafted, small production wines directly (if you live in a civilized state) from their website. They also have links to lots of Napa Valley eateries, lodging and wine tour services here.

Butterfly Restaurant offers Classic Crème Brulée with seasonal fruit.
Butterfly Restaurant offers Classic Crème Brulée with seasonal fruit.

Butterfly Restaurant is located a Pier 33 at Bay Street on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. They are open for brunch on weekends beginning at 11:00 a.m., lunch Tuesday through Friday beginning at 11: 30 a.m. and dinner Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. with Happy Hour Tuesday through Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Our lunch pairings included standard menu offerings priced between $7 and $17. Many items on their menus can be prepared vegan or gluten free.

joelFounded in 2009 by Joel Quigley and Cailyn McCauley, Creative Furnace specializes in integrated marketing and communications, high-concept lifestyle and social media events, and strategic consulting. In addition to Pink Out! they host TasteLive! a premiere online wine and beer tasting community that leverages relationships with writers, bloggers, wineries, restaurants and other venues to promote wineries and brewers. They created and promote Rootstock, an annual wine, food and music festival in Santa Rosa, California. For more information on PinkOut! Rootstock or TasteLive! contact Joel or Cailyn here.

And keep checking back with us at Another Wine Blog for more information on an exciting new food and wine event coming in Fall 2013.


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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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