Mac started the evening off by telling us a little about himself and how he got in the wine making business. Mac grew up in Texas and was the son of a Moonshiner. Around the age of 12, he tasted a sip of French Burgundy and his life was forever changed. He knew he wanted to make wine and eventually moved to California. With the help and guidance of Chuck Wagner, owner of Caymus Vineyards, Mac founded his own winery in 1995 and produced the first vintage in 1997.
The third course was Cocoa Rubbed Lamb Chops with a Blackberry Demi-glaze and Goat Cheese Potatoes. This was paired with Gary's Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir. The warm days and cool nights of the Santa Lucia Highlands give this delicious full-bodied wine luscious cherry and blackberry flavors. It was definitely my favorite wine of the evening.
The final course was a Chocolate-Chipotle Empanada with Pink Peppercorn Syrup and a White Chocolate Sauce. It was paired with Vision Cellars 2012 Petite Syrah. I have never had a Petite Syrah with dessert before, but the spice and fruit in the wine went superbly with the chocolate and subtle heat of the empanada.
If you are interested in trying Vision Cellars wines, you can visit their website for information about their wine club or ask your local liquor store about ordering it for you. However, Vision Cellars' wines are limited production. Mac says, "I don't want to make a lot of wine, I just want to make damn good wine." I can honestly tell you that Mr. McDonald does indeed make a damn good wine!