For those of you who have never been, Napa Rose is located at the Grand Californian Resort. There's a nice lounge area, as well as the restaurant. It has an open kitchen and there is an option to book seats at the Chef's Counter (I was tempted.)
We checked in and were escorted directly to our table. Ironically, it was the same table Geoff and I had when we went back in 2010! The restaurant has an upscale rustic feel to it. The Grand Californian itself is very similar to the Wilderness Lodge at WDW, and the restaurant feels the same.
One of the things Napa Rose offers is their "Vintner's Table" menu. Essentially a price-fix menu, but you don't get to choose what you order, it's all or nothing. We decided going in that unless we really disliked something, this is what we were going to do.
|Vintner's Table Menu|
Obviously we went with the Vintner's Table. Hah! I figured I would give it a shot, I mean, if I didn't like anything, I would fill up on bread, right? And really, if the chef says it's good, let's give it a try!
We also decided to give the wine pairings a shot. Of course, as it is with most wine pairings, at least one was a red. So I asked our waiter if it was at all possible for them to pair a white with the the Scallops instead of the red. The response was night and day different than at Wine Country Trattoria (different price point, so you would expect better service, but still.) Our waiter assured me it wouldn't be a problem. He even came back before the second course to ask if I was allergic to Reds or if I just didn't like them because of the Rose paired with the second course. I let him know that Red wines give me migraines, but I didn't have that problem with Roses. So we were off to an excellent start!
|Amuse Bouche: Crab Fritter|
|First Course: John Dory|
|2nd Course: Pheasant Pate|
|3rd Course: Scallops|
I've been to enough wine classes to know not to judge a paired wine based only on how it tastes when it stands alone, so I held my judgement of it until I tried it with the dish. And oh my goodness, it was amazing. The heavier wine really paired nicely with the meaty scallops. I could not have asked for a better pairing, I was thrilled. As for the sweetbreads? Not too bad really. They had a very similar texture to the scallops. This dish was really solid. I was surprised at how meaty and filling it was for essentially the main course. I was a little surprised that they didn't really have a meat course, but the scallops filled the role nicely.
|4th Course: Strawberry Dessert|
All in all, we loved Napa Rose. It was such a great experience. The Vintner's Table was a real treat so we were able to try new things. The service was fantastic (I still love that it was no big deal to accommodate my request for all whites.) This is one of those restaurants that really is worth all the hype.