Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to dine at the Culinary Institute of America with Universal Studios. We had a wonderful dinner at the American Bounty Restaurant, which is one of my favorites.

I started out during cocktail time with a 2004 Stillwater Creek Vineyards Novelty Hill Syrah, Columbia Valley. This was a nice choice. It was smooth and had a hint of spice on the finish. The best selection came during dinner when Shrek ordered the 2004 Duckhorn Napa Merlot. This was a great pleaser! Smooth and fruity. Some of the guests even commented that they weren’t red wine drinkers, but really enjoyed the Duckhorn.

The evening ended with a 2005 Hess Collection Cabernet. This went well with the Molten Lava Chocolate Cake I had selected for dessert.