We're Not In Kansas Anymore

I moved away from Kansas City nearly ten years ago, and for a moment last weekend, I wondered why. Kansas City is cool now. I mean really cool, complete with thoughtful independent coffee shops, and trendy KC t-shirts and Royals hats; there's a robust food and beverage scene (I counted at least five new micro-breweries + one urban winery!), an innovative arts and theatre scene, and a lively downtown that possesses a new thrum of pride and energy. It was such a pleasure to play tourist in my hometown last weekend! Here are a few highlights from this quick visit: 

Recommended spots to visit (most pictured above):
Season + Square
Ça Va
Boulevard Brewing Co.
The Roasterie
Heirloom Bakery & Hearth
Studio Above
Border Brewing Company
Pizza Bella

And then there was wine tasting. For my last night in KC, I made a tasty Mushroom Bourguignon from Deb Perelman's recipe in the Food52 Genius Recipes cookbook, recently gifted to me from a friend. Before, and with the Bourguignon, we tasted through three wines:

2010 Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Liparita V Block 2012 Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon
Poggio Antico 2010 "Madre" Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

My favorite of the three was the Pahlmeyer 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. This is what it REALLY tasted like when we opened it last weekend:

This Sonoma Coast Chardonnay was all buttered toast, dried apple, vanilla, canned corn, pear, toasted coconut and slightly metallic-- super decadent and holding up beautifully! 
Pahlmeyer's 2010 vintage notes are as follows from their website: 

The 2010 vintage was a tale of patience. A cool, wet spring resulted in later bud break than usual. Careful vine management helped mitigate heat spikes at the beginning of harvest. Once risk of extreme heat passed, we opened up the canopies for greater light exposure and air flow through the vines. Warm, dry weather through mid-October resulted in timelier ripening than expected at the growing season’s onset.

Until next time, Kansas City...