Jeff and Lindsey Jackson offer an old west , casual atmosphere and feature a menu that is constantly changing. The menu shows Chef Jeff's inspiration to source products from small local producers many of which produce organic and sustainable goods. His wine list of course features the best of the central coast as they are located right in the middle of it. This restaurant is small and keeping with its old west decor and atmosphere , no reservations or credit cards are accepted. First come , First serve is their motto so our suggestion is to get there early.
This family owned winery specializes in estate-grown fruit and is owned from three long time winegrowing famlies the Filipponis , Rossis and Wittstroms. Mike Sinor is a hands on winemaker and makes sure the vineyard's true character is reflected in his wines made with Sustainable viticultural practices. The Margarita Vineyard has earned the very difficult SIP ( Sustainability in Practice ) certification that shows the quality of the winemakeing that is done in the vineyard .
Babe Farms organic parsely root bisque with hazelnut sage brown butter
Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2009
The fresh sage and parsley paired with the crisp Sauvignon Blanc provided notes that showed off the dish and its natural flavors and aromas of the area.
Roasted Cal Poly Organic Free Range Chicken , Kendall farms creme fraiche and shitake mushroom stroganoff in puff pastry.
Ancient Peaks Malbec 2007
We had many great dishes over this one of a kind weekend , but this dish is most likely THE BEST dish we had the entire time we were in this very special area. The chicken was moist , full of flavor as the shitake mushrooms added body and earth elements that paired well with the Malbec.
Santa Margarita Ranch Grass fed beef daube , Babe Farm celeriac root puree , baby carrots and Oyster Ridge brasing jus.
Ancient Peaks Osyter Ridge Cuvee 2007
This dish provided the guests a feel for what this area is all about. The vast and historic Santa Margarita Ranch is literally located right out side of the windows of The Range. The ingredients combine for a taste of Santa Margarita itself with Chef Jeff using the Oyster Ridge Cuvee provided a nice touch.
Bitter Chocolate Torte Cabernet Sauvignon , plumped cherries and chilled cardamom sabayon
Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Yes, you can use a big Cabernet with dessert when done correctly. This Cabernet Sauvignon from the close by Margarita Vineyard was a spot on pairing with the last course. Aromas of plum and cherry come through on the nose with cassis and black berry jam ending with a long finish with balanced tannins.