On November 5th, 2011 - Bert and I got married at this beautiful location in Palo Alto, amidst friends and family , with great music, food and wine. We couldn't have asked for a more romantic location, or better staff than at MacArthur Park. Last night, the restaurant held its annual Client Appreciation event for those of us who booked an event within the last year - and a great time was had by all.
If you have never tried MacArthur Park's famous BBQ'ed ribs, I highly suggest heading there right now (assuming you are in the Bay Area and within driving distance - otherwise I suggest visiting here and making this a must on your itinerary) and ordering them - they are worthy of anyone's bucket list! The sauce is sweet, rich and pungent, with a bite but not too hot. I could eat my weight in these ribs, but my committment to my waistline meant that I had to be "good" last night... That didn't stop me from having two small ribs, which I hopefully erased from my calorie count by going on a good run beforehand.
Along with many small tables of appetizers, sausages, fresh fruit, and ribs - the restaurant also had tasting stations for many wonderful wines. I have several to write about, but the "shining star" (or at least the best wine for accompanying ribs) was the 2007 St Supery Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine is extremely dry and needs to have a rich accompanying dish to help offset some of the heavy tannins - but with the ribs, it was exotic and delightful. I tasted rich toasty oak flavors, along with tobacco, leather, and black current. It remained complex and solid all the way from the fore palate to the back palate, with no loss of intensity and flavor. A deep garnet in color - this Cab also had outstanding clarity.
Food Pairings: Ribs Baby!! This wine was so amazing when paired with smoky ribs that my taste buds were turning backflips. And these ribs are just the best. Bert also tells me that it went well with very sharp Cheddar cheese.
Music Pairings: I would eat ribs and sip this wine slowly while listening to the King - BB King that is...
Where to Buy: If you are local, head up to MacArthur Park and try the rib/wine combo. If not, then click on the bottle below to purchase from Wine.com. I haven't been able to locate another source (besides the winery itself) - readers, if you see it anywhere else, let me know!