Chef Eric Wadlund was kind enough to send out an enticing appetizer tower of coconut shrimp, lobster potstickers and kung pao calamari, which all paired perfectly with the 2007 Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling we ordered. This German gem of a wine was amazingly balanced with good acidity and fragrant notes of grapefruit, apple and white peach.
While my Dad dined on succulent short ribs and Mom enjoyed flavorful mushroom ravioli, my meal of choice was an amazing Long Island duck breast, which came with a blueberry port wine rduction, braised red cabbage and butter spaetzle. I matched it up with an Acacia Pinot Noir, a lush wine that hails from Napa's Carneros region and is rich with distinct raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors of its own. There's even a bit of vanilla in the 2007 vintage, which mirrored the silky texture of the duck meat.
After a final bite of my Dad's decadent banana cream pie I was certainly done, but not with Spencer's. I won't hesitate to head back to this place in the very near future, with important milestones always in mind...
Spencer's Restaurant...at the Mountain: 760-327-3446 or http://www.spencersrestaurant.com/