As I pulled up the long windy drive to Different Pointe of View, I was finally making it to that restaurant way up high, the one with that view everyone talks about. I have driven past the place a million times but this was my first time setting foot inside. I took the elevator up and when I walked out and saw the view, I was in awe. The tiny specs of lights shone out below us and the mountains stained the sky black here and there. It was perfection and peaceful. One of those things you want to soak up and enjoy for awhile. With these dinners you have the ability to do that. They start early enough so that you can enjoy wine with the winemaker, appetizers and the other guests out on the patio while the sun sets and the sky lights up with purples, pinks and oranges.
Once inside, we were taken back to a corner, still with the gorgeous view in sight (no matter where you are in the restaurant, the view is in sight). The 12 of us were seated around a make shift area for the Chef to prepare three courses in front of us. The winemaker that is pairing each wine during the dinner, is seated with you, so you truly have the ability to not only pick their brain but also the Chef’s brain, should you wish. Chef Anthony is one smooth dude in the kitchen, or out of the kitchen I guess. He worked with such quick precision and made preparing three courses for 12 people look like no big deal. Our first course was tender Ellensberg lamb loin with Cannellini White Bean & Feta Puree, Castelvetrano Olive Tapenade Sautéed Artichokes and a Natural Lamb Reduction paired with the Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
During the meal, winemaker Janet Johnson, owner Boomtown by Dusted Valley, went over each wine pairing and enjoyed the meal with us. She was such a pleasure to talk to and so charismatic. We all enjoyed hearing about how they started up. See Boomtown, is based in Walla Walla, Wash., and was founded in 2003 when Wisconsin natives Chad Johnson and Corey Braunel left the comforts of their corporate jobs to move to Walla Walla and fulfill their dream of crafting world-class wine. We are oh so happy that they decided to follow those dreams, each wine served seemed to get better with each course, which we didn’t think was possible. Our second course was apple wood smoked elk tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom & Parmesan Risotto, Sautéed Oregon Porcini Mushrooms Rapini & Rapini Puree and Cipollini Onion Jus paired with the Dusted Valley “Stained Tooth” Syrah.
Our third course was petite syrah braised short rib with crispy Gorgonzola Polenta, Roasted Shallots, Watercress Puree, Lobster Mushrooms and Petite Syrah Reduction paired with the Dusted Valley Petite Syrah.
For the finale we had a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake from the pastry Chef. The texture of the cheesecake was like eating a fluffy cloud, a delicious cloud at that. With the ice cream melting over it and optted with some frozen bananas, caramel corn and peanuts. Could there be a more perfect way to end such a night? The answer is no and if you’re looking for a great date night, an amazing time with friends or just a knock your socks off experience, the next Insider’s View Dinner is Nov. 13th with Tondi Bolkan, wine maker for Francis Ford Coppola Winery. For a five course meal and wine pairings, I would say that $99 a person is a steal. To make reservations for an upcoming Insider’s View Dinner, call 602-866-6350.