(By Eve Bushman) In a few short weeks Salt Creek Grille Valencia will host a five-course wine pairing dinner featuring Babcock Winery presented by Brand Ambassador Scott Farrar, in their large open-air patio.

Executive Chef Ignacio Munoz and Pastry Chef Kristina Waggoner “are teaming up to create a decadent menu” for the event slated for September 21 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are $110 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and there is a limited number of seats.

Every guest should welcome the warm hospitality that the restaurant has been known for over 20 years.

Babcock Wine Dinner @ Salt Creek Grille

Executive Chef Ignacio Munoz & Chef Kristina Waggoner 

Thursday, September 21st 6:30pm

$110 plus tax and gratuity


Grilled Peach Salad

Fresh grilled peaches, honey goat cheese, spiced pecans,

butter lettuce with a poppy seed vinaigrette

2015 Sauvignon Blanc, “Simpatico”, Sta. Rita Hills 

King Salmon in Papillote

Fresh king salmon, shitake mushrooms, bok choy, heirloom tomatoes,

herbs tightly wrapped and cooked in corn husks

         2015 Chardonnay, “Top Cream”, Sta. Rita Hills


  Tarragon Airline Chicken

Marinated Airline chicken breast accompanied by roasted butternut squash, spinach, cranberries, feta and finished with a tarragon butter sauce

2015 Pinot Noir, “Rita’s Earth”, Santa Barbara County


   Dry Aged New York

Seasoned and grilled New York steak drizzled with a cherry reduction, served with grilled asparagus and a potato skin that's topped with pancetta,

Gorgonzola cheese, scallions and sour cream

2015 Pinot Noir, “Slice of Heaven”, Sta. Rita Hills


Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apple

Baked apple stuffed with decadent cheesecake

Drizzled with spiced caramel & toasted nuts

2014 Late Harvest Pinot Gris, “Naughty Little Nectar”


I had an opportunity – thanks to Salt Creek Grille – to taste through the line-up of Babcock Wines. The specific pairings you will have at the dinner are noted below:

Babcock Wines Tasting Notes

2015 Sauvignon Blanc, “Simpatico”, Sta. Rita Hills (Will be paired with Grilled Peach Salad)

This wine had some time in oak as well as the standard stainless steel. Aromas of cling peaches, sweet pear, fruit cocktail and oak. On the mouth it had the same fresh and lively fruit cocktail notes as well as a nice low acidity that still allowed for a lengthy finish.

2015 Chardonnay, “Top Cream”, Sta. Rita Hills (Will be paired with the King Salmon Papillote)

Creamy, honeysuckle, toast, caramel and macadamia nut gave the wine an overall aromatic appeal. The flavors were consistent with the aromas and had a lovely balance.

2015 Pinot Noir, “Rita’s Earth”, Santa Barbara County (Will be paired with Tarragon Airline Chicken)

Earth, dark cherry, bark and wet leaves on the nose. The taste was big, tart and dark cherry with low tannins. Extremely appealing.

2015 Pinot Noir, “Slice of Heaven”, Sta. Rita Hills (Will be paired with the Dry Aged New York)

Bright cherry, stems, dried strawberry and white pepper greeted us on the nose. Tasting the wine showed some cranberry, dried cherry - and another well balanced wine.

And, if you can’t wait: LET'S MEET FOR A DRINK: Half-price Bottle Mondays • Tapped Out Burger Tuesdays • Wine Down Wednesdays • All-American Tito's Thursdays • Late Night Happy Hour and Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday.

Babcock Wine Dinner September 21, 6:30 P.M.

Reservations: 661-222-9999

24415 Town Center Drive, Suite 115, Valencia


Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a "certification in first globally-recognized course" as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com