When we first arrived, we were warmly greeted by manager, Kirby Matthews. He invited us over to the bar where our bartender, Arturo, treated us to a few of their cocktails including a chocolate martini and a tropical drink, along with a few tastings of their wines. Kirby sat with us to share the history of Geja's and to provide some really insightful information about their wine program. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and every other month, they have a featured wine list based on a theme. This is such a fun and creative way to showcase wines and to help folks find something they enjoy. Another way they make wine tasting and pairing fun is through the monthly Winemaker's Dinner they host.
Winemaker's Dinner on Monday, November 4th, featuring Vina Robles. These dinners usually held on the first Monday of every month brings a winemaker to the restaurant to meet and share their wines along with a four-course fondue dinner for $55! Each course has a wine pairing and the four-course dinner includes:
- Geja's house salad
- Cheese fondue with fresh fruit like grapes, apples and a variety of zesty breads
- Hot oil fondue with Beef tenderloin, chicken breast and jumbo shrimp, as well as a mountain of fresh vegetables served with 8 house made dipping sauces
- Flaming chocolate dessert fondue with roasted marshmallows, buttery pound cake and a variety of fresh fruits
Each course is paired with an appropriate wine along with a lively discussion lead by a representative of the featured winery. These are highly popular interactive dinner events where space is limited and reservations are only accepted by telephone only. If you miss the November Winemaker Dinner, no worries - the next one in December is featuring Laurent-Perrier!