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I always take reviews- good and bad- with a grain of salt

I always take reviews- good and bad- with a grain of salt.  Mine, however, try to be as non- partisan as possible.  I’ll attempt not to be witty cute or funny…just the facts.  Arrived feeling skeptical about both the accommodations and the restaurant.  I personally find the accommodations to be beautiful and adequate – then again, I’m a public school teacher so my expectations are already low. (That statement has nothing to do with kids, btw) On the other hand, my dining experience was stellar. Dean, and his waitress-in-training, made my dinner an exceptional experience. The menu is limited but there should be something for everyone who appreciates fine dining.  I decided early on to order the beef medallions with a Cab or Merlot but I asked Dean to recommend a good white wine pairing with one of the appetizers.  He waited a few minutes while I got my bread and water…and came back with a suggestion – which I took. A Pinot Gris (local winery) with  the crab rillette.  For those of you (like me) who don’t know what a “rillette” is…I still don’t…it was a demi-tasse cup PACKED with the most delectable buttery crab meat on earth and topped w a thin film of highly spiced oil. Sip of Pinot Gris and all is right w the earth.  The lemony micro green salad was a total bonus and really added a tasting note to the wine. I chose the Merlot (another local winery) which paired beautifully w the beef medallions which were succulent, tasty and paired perfectly w steamed spinach and mildly seasoned mashed potatoes. The chocolate mousse topped off the evening – real mousse- not chocolate pudding made w heavy cream or chocolate whipped cream- actual thick dense rich dark chocolate mouse. The perfect end to a great evening of food and wine. The food is meant to be savored…it is true gourmet fare, which I appreciated.  The service at the restaurant was made-to-order and much appreciated. The “resort” itself still has time to win me over but for now is A-ok. Maria B. Mountain View, CA, 6/14/2011  
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