Tonight we gathered at Ante's Restaurant in San Pedro for CJ's monthly wine and dine event. There were 15 of us tonight. Some good wines were brought. I did not taste most of them and I did not keep track but a couple of them were very good. There were 3 Grand Cru's. Kent brought a 1974 Sauterne for dessert and it was outstanding. I brought a 2007 Hill Family, Napa Valley, Chardonnay which I felt was very good and it paired well with the seafood. I also brought a 2003 Loring, Gary's Vineyard, Pinot Noir. I was disappointed with this wine. It was not up to Loring's standards. It had quite a funky nose which blew off but the wine lacked substance. It had upfront fruit then fell off.
Out appetizers tonight were Antipasto, sauteed shrimp, calamari steak and steamed clams .
The Entrees included, "Sarma" - cabbage rolls, "Kiseli Kupus", sauerkraut, pork, sausage and vegetables (this is a favorite of mine), "Balacane", eggplant parmesan and "Pecena Patke", roast duck with Ante's special rice. I had so many appetizers that I took very small portions of the entrees. The duck was good. Not on the scale of Doung Son but nevertheless a good dish.
For dessert we had apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. Darka the waitress gave us all a wine stopper. Mine had fishnet stocking legs. She has a small gift shop close to the restaurant. I thought the gesture was very nice.