On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Jake Busching, winemaker at Grace Estate Winery, which recently opened its brand new tasting room and today released their Tannat and Vidal Blanc. Stop by the winery tonight from 6-9 to celebrate the wine release with a food truck, music, and more. Or, if you’re fancier than that, this weekend Busching’s wines will be paired with the food of former Clifton Inn chef Tucker Yoder, as part of Yoder’s pop-up restaurant series. Seats are very limited, but can be reserved here. Menu here.
Busching turned his five finds into a full day of eating and drinking. “If I were going to have the perfect day of gluttonous perfection,” he said, “it would go something like this:”
1) Mountain Mess Breakfast at Mountainside Grill. “Home fries, two choices of meat including chorizo, cheddar cheese, green bell pepper and onion with two eggs over easy. Good morning!”
2) Oyster Po Boy and a Jar of Bulleit Bourbon at The Whiskey Jar. “A heavenly plate sourced from RRO!”
3) Dragon Rose at The Wine Guild. “Next stop at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville to have a tasting of the week’s offerings and pick up my order. Dragon Rose for spring skies seems apt. The wine knowledge associated with this group is as astounding as it is fun.”
4) Rabbit Rillette at The Alley Light. “I, like so many others in Charlottesville, stand in awe of the plates at The Alley Light. Any of them. I’ve heard applause for peas there at a wine dinner. Peas! But, for certain I would have a rillette. Rabbit. Or sardine maybe, with a bottle of Thierry Germain Cabernet Franc. Any vintage available.”
5) Horse’s Neck at The Livery Stable. “To end my sojourn I’d belly up to the bar at The Livery Stable and ask Sir Ian for a Horse’s Neck. Copper clad cocktail of gingery dreams. And then maybe another . . .”