As you may know, our feelings for the Klamath River are as mighty as the waters that flow, and run as deep as the history of the basin and its people. When we saw a wine bottle’s label featuring a topographical map of our Klamath River, and wine names like Klamath Cuvee and Confluence, we were in love. And then we tasted the wine. And then we met Kimberly and John Cabot. And now we are madly in love. The last Saturday in January was particularly rainy, and the night of the Historic Requa Inn’s first-ever Winemaker’s Dinner. Truth be told, none of us innkeepers had actually ever been to a winemaker dinner. Luckily, our Chef (my brother Thomas) was wildly inspired by the Cabot’s wines, and created what turned out to be an 8 course meal, (advertised as a 5 course meal, with three surprises), each course expertly paired with the wine. John Cabot told the story of each wine before each course. The Chef shared the locally-sourced meat or produce he was featuring in each dish and how he had used the Cabot’s wine in preparation of much of the food. Dinner lasted nearly 3 hours. People laughed, talked, ate, made new friends. “The best meal I’ve had in Del Norte County” “One of the all-time greatest meals of my life” “Loved it. Perfection.” It was Kimberly’s birthday, and after the meal guitars came out and people sat around the fireplace in the living room, sharing stories and songs until the wee hours of the morning. And, since everyone stayed the night, they woke the next morning to sun shining on the River, hummingbirds dancing at the windows as they ate their breakfast, and minutes later they were hiking the coastal trail, watching whales spout in the ocean, at the mouth of the Klamath River. We have sold out of the next three dinners, and have added two more: March 26th with Foris Winery from Cave Junction, Oregon and April 9th with Moonstone Crossing from Trinidad, California Our local food reporter joined us for the event. Here is a link to her front-page story and a few photos. We thank the Cabots, and their dear friends, for a magical evening. We look forward to showcasing their wine and good work again next winter!

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