Owner, Ali Rush Carscaden has been working in the wine industry for over 10 years. She
has completed the Advanced Certification with Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as well as the certified exam through the Court of Master. She teaches numerous classes for Cal Poly State University in addition to teaching the “Wine University” an intensive, multi-annual, 6 week long wine education courses offered at 15° C. This lady knows wine and food. I have always been impressed with the way she puts together subtle flavors to create edible masterpieces. She also always knows which wine to pair the food with and that is an art form in itself.
We started with Warm Goat fresh Chevre cheese with honey and truffle salt, a perfect combination. We also tried the Hummus with white beans and garlic with crostini served with fresh cucumber and tomatoes. It was a nice palette arousal. I had a glass of J Lasalle Champagne NV from Champagne, France, while my friend had a Cava Cocktail that was Spanish Cava with a splash of Pink Port. The boys enjoyed the Reutberger Export Hell that the bartender told uswas made by Nuns. It tasted like a clean German lager.
We moved on to Tapa’s to share, a plate of Boquerones (Spanish anchovy) and Red Pepper, then another plate of Chorizo (Spanish sausage) and Manchego, and a Spanish cheese with a nutty flavor that I adore. We shared the Marcona almonds and the Castelvetrano olives. All were filled with unexpected flavors and went well with the beverages.
The Carnitas Salad was a hit with low roasted pork, black beans, roasted corn, onion, and heirloom tomatoes served with avocado cilantro dressing.
I really liked the Caprese Salad, featuring local heirloom tomatoes and fresh house made mozzarella, I added the avocado and this salad made me celebrate I live in California. I like that all their produce comes from Natures Touch and is local, organic and pairs them all perfectly with their wines.
We moved on to sandwiches and we all loved the Catalina, this oven roasted turkey with heirloom tomatoes, avocado cilantro lime spread, served on Hush Harbor multi-grain bread was a perfect balance of ingredients. I tried the Panini Croque-Monsieur, a classic French croque with Gruyere cheese and cured ham, and it was
I will be back for the Bubbles bar and oysters on Fridays. This is a night of fresh oysters from Pier 46 paired with a flight of bubbles. You need to pre-order, but this is the greatest deal presently. 15 degrees c Wine Shop and Bar also does catering, box lunches, and cheese and meat platters. They will deliver to any winery with 24-hour notice. They are located at 624 S. Main Street, Suite 101 in Templeton, call them at 805-434-1554. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm. They are closed on Sundays.