Crafted on the Coast

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Friday, November 3rd
at Lido Restaurant at The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
5:30pm Wine Reception • 6:30pm Dinner
4 courses + Wine Pairings • $150

Friday evening's collaborative winemaker dinner at the Lido restaurant, "Crafted on the Coast" will feature four courses paired with coastal wines from throughout SLO Wine Country.  You will also have the pleasure of dining with one of our celebrity winemakers and exploring the terrior of SLO Wine Country. 


Lido Chef Kurt Steeber

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Executive Chef Kurt Steeber’s culinary career began in the early eighties while attending Cuesta Community College. Transferring to San Francisco State University where he was first introduced to California Cuisine working for Jeremiah Tower of Stars fame and Judy Rodgers of Zuni Cafe. Kurt then moved to New York City and was featured on the television program Taste on an up-and-coming station, the Food Network. His appearances on Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez and the Today Show have kept Chef Steeber a relevant chef in the ever changing culinary world.

Chef Kurt eventually ventured back to the Central Coast in Pacific Grove, CA buying his first of two restaurants Cypress Grove, he and his restaurant were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Best of the Monterey Peninsula - “Kurt’s menu is ambitious both in length and components…” Kurt has been a restaurant owner, Food and Beverage Director and has worked from coast to coast

Lido at Dolphin Bay’s menus created by Chef Kurt Steeber focus on clean, vegetable forward, Mediterranean flavor bombs. Through best practice of using root-to-shoot and nose-to-tail of all raw products we fabricate, Chef Kurt heavily emphasizes waste reduction in the kitchen. With views of the Pacific and colorful flavor-forward plates, your dining experience in Lido at Dolphin Bay is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.


Featured Winemakers:

Center of Effort winemaker Nathan Carlson

Nathan’s winemaking experience in the Edna Valley spans more than 12 years. He has also made Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County, Carneros, the Sonoma Coast and Oregon’s Dundee Hills. His work with wine industry technical leaders has forged close ties with winemakers around the world. At Center of Effort, Nathan oversees our winemaking operations and manages the estate.

Nathan has now come full circle, back to our estate. His expertise is instrumental in achieving the rigorous standards of quality and artistry that we demand in our wines.





Claiborne & Churchill winemaker Coby Parker Garcia

A native Californian, Coby Parker-Garcia was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Growing up working in the family garden he realized his love for agriculture, and after extensive travel to Europe and South America he knew the wine industry was his true calling.

At Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, Coby studied Agribusiness Marketing with a minor in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to working on the campus vineyard, learning the ins and outs of growing grapes, he also took an internship with a local winery, where his love for winemaking grew and pushed his passion for wine even further.
When the opportunity to work for Claiborne & Churchill arose in 2004, Coby took on the role of assistant winemaker. Under the guidance of Clay Thompson, he learned traditional European winemaking techniques that emphasized minimal manipulation of both fruit and wine. He augmented this education with additional classes at the University of California Davis, which gave him insight to new and improved winemaking techniques. By 2007, Coby was promoted to head winemaker for Claiborne & Churchill. Today he oversees the entire wine production, their estate vineyards, and works closely with numerous vineyard managers along the Central Coast.

Croma Vera winemaker Jeremy Leffert

Jeremy Leffert moved to California after completing his degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Natural History from the University of Vermont. Immediately after moving to Santa Barbara, Leffert discovered wine and felt drawn to the vineyards of the Central Coast. A meeting with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor Dr. Keith Patterson, inspired Jeremy to enroll in the university’s Masters program in Crop Science with a focus in Viticulture. Leffert strove to perfect his viticultural knowledge and abilities under the mentorship of Dr. Patterson.

Jeremy was the winemaker for Hearst Ranch Winery from its inception in 2009 to 2014, when he assumed the role of Director of Winemaking at The Workshop in San Luis Obispo. It was at The Workshop that he met Mindy and Chris. Jeremy has been an avid guitarist since childhood and lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Melissa.


Edna Valley Vineyard Winemaker Kamee Knutson

A California native, Edna Valley Vineyard Winemaker Kamee Knutson is dedicated to crafting wines based on her intuition and senses that showcase the best of California’s Coast. Drawing from her diverse experiences and incredible surroundings, Kamee is inspired to offer an expressive collection of wines that are easy to enjoy with friends, family, and of course, food.                                                                

“With winemaking, I get to create this product that brings people together around the table, telling stories, sharing laughs and creating memories,” says Kamee. “I feel like I get to contribute to making these moments. My best memories are shared around a table with old friends, new friends, great food and always great wine.”

To Kamee, the art of winemaking is an ever-evolving craft and she enjoys the challenge and the collaboration needed to make each wine special.

Saucelito Canyon winemaker Tom Greenough

Tom literally spent his first year in the vineyard, before his parents Bill and Nancy moved from their house in the canyon to a more convenient location in Edna Valley. Tom would visit the vineyard regularly throughout his childhood, helping out during harvest and doing odd jobs for his father. He later attended St. Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area, where he studied history and excelled as a member of the crew rowing team. After graduation, he returned to the Central Coast—and to the vineyard, of course. He ascended to the position of winemaker in 2009. “This is where I am at home,” he says. “I’m like my father. I like working outside and getting dirty, and taking a hands-on approach to the winemaking. I am looking forward to trying new things while maintaining the family traditions that we have here.”

Stephen Ross winemaker Stephen Dooley

Background: I grew up in the upper Midwest and call Minnesota “home”. My mother was a geography professor and dean, and I have two siblings. I attended Mankato State University and the University of California, Davis, to earn a degree in Enology. I spent 10 years making wine in the Napa Valley, two harvests “down under” in South Africa and Australia, before coming to the Edna Valley, where I worked for others for seven years, and then launched Stephen Ross in 1994. I met Paula in 1989, married in 1995, and we have two incredible kids.

Wine Inspiration: Turning sunlight into wine – I get to make it, and yet it makes itself – all part of the science, artistry, agriculture and magic of winemaking. Really, it is all I ever wanted to do.