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Weekend Wanderlust – Fabulous Portuguese Dinner – La Sallette in Sonoma

Once again, Maria and I sampled from "flights" of three Portuguese whites and three reds. I'm two-fisted.

Once again, Maria and I sampled from “flights” of three Portuguese white wines & three reds.

Hi, my friends – Welcome back to Drink Wine With Dinner®!

Last year, when my childhood friend Maria and I escaped for a few days to Sonoma, we checked out a popular Portuguese-style restaurant on Sonoma Plaza, La Sallette, which had come very highly recommended.

Not only did we love it then, both of us had it on our “must do” list for this year as well.


Pork belly appetizer – *so* succulent!

Pork belly appetizer – *so* very succulent!

Once we’d decided that we were going back to Sonoma, I started craving the Caldeirada Fisherman’s Stew (above pic) – so much so that I ordered it again. Maria did the same with her perfectly cooked, wood-oven-roasted Pacific “Blue Nose” Sea Bass.

Last year seemed like an exploratory voyage into a little-known cuisine. We loved it for that, and we loved the unfamiliar flavor combinations that the chef had put together so skillfully.


A La Sallette chefslides Maria's sea bass into the wood-fired oven. Amazing flavors!

A La Sallette chef slides Maria’s sea bass into the wood-fired oven. Tantalizing aromas – and amazing flavors – in New Portuguese Cuisine!

This year, since Maria and I ordered the same main dishes that we’d enjoyed last time, we felt a comforting sense of familiarity.

Though the two approaches are diametrically opposite, I don’t find either one better than the other.

To be honest, I’m actually happiest when I find a balance of the known and the novel – and I make sure to look for the best of each.

What a perfect ending to another pretty darn spectacular day! Time to head back home now, and see what sorts of fun adventures I can conjure up for you next…


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Until next time, my friends –
Cheers and happy tastings,

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Cheers once again,