An Epoch Date Night at Home


by Christine Ovasapyan, Tasting Room Educator


The Quarantine blues are something we’re all going through this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some delicious food with an amazing bottle of wine during these times.  Want to plan a cozy and romantic date night with your partner?  Look no further, because we have a game plan for a beautiful night in the comfort of your own home.


First things first, let’s talk about ambiance.  Need some help creating a romantic experience?  Grab some tea lights or any candles, and light those babies up.   No candles at your disposal?  No biggie!  Dig up some of your lights for the holiday season and change your dining area into a completely different space.  Have some flowers growing in your garden?  Put some in a vase and use it as a center piece focal point.  Feel free to venture out and have your dinner in your backyard, picnic style!  Can you tell I’m a romantic at heart?  Ü


When it comes to food, you want something that isn’t going to keep you in the kitchen for too long, but a meal that doesn’t feel like it mirrors everything else you’ve been eating lately.  We’ve got just the mouth-watering meal in mind!  A perfectly cooked filet mignon with garlic herb butter, soul-warming mashed potatoes, and oven-roasted asparagus.


Filet Mignon
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

  • 2 8oz. Filet Mignon steaks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh chopped parsley


Garlic Herb Butter

  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves minced



  1. Remove steaks from the fridge and let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

  2. Start prepping your garlic herb butter!  In a small bowl, add butter, herbs, and garlic, and mix until combined.  Place mixed butter in a small container and store in refrigerator until ready to use (try adding the garlic herb butter to other dishes like chicken and vegetables!  The opportunities are endless Ü).

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  4. Heat a cast iron or oven safe skillet on high heat and add olive oil and butter. Once the butter is melted and done foaming, add steaks. Cook for 2 minutes on each side. Place pan in oven and cook 7-8 minutes or until desired level of doneness.

*Pro tip for Steak Doneness:
Check the temperature of your steak using a meat thermometer in the center of the steak where it’s the thickest.

Rare—Remove at temperature of 130 to 135°F
Medium Rare—Remove at temperature of 140°F
Medium—Remove at temperature of 155°F
Well Done—Remove at temperature of 165°F

  1. Remove the skillet, add the garlic herb butter, and let rest for 3 minutes.  Garnish with fresh parsley and pan juices.

  2. And VOILA!  You have your steaks!


Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes

  • 1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes

  2. Once finished cooking, drain the water.

  3. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and milk over low heat until the butter is melted.

  4. Using a potato masher or electric beater, slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy.

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste


Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes

  • ½ bunch of thin asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  2. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, drizzle with the olive oil.  Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper.

  3. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet.

  4. Bake until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness.  Coat with lemon juice just before serving

If you’ve made it this far, we’re rooting for you!  Now that you’ve set the ambiance and know your dinner menu, it’s time for the most important aspect—the wine.  I couldn’t choose just one, so lucky for you, I’m going to give you a few options for your taste buds.


Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 100 Syrah

My Bio by Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini:
If you are a Block B lover, this is your wine. It is just so Block B! If you are new to Block B and thus have probably never coveted this juxtaposition of earth, brine, black olive, raw meat and iodine alongside white flowers, black fruits, anise and chocolate in your wine, then welcome. You will never view Syrah the same again! The 2012 Block B captivates your notes and palate with its addicting iconoclastic, unforgettable flavors—deliciously itself and very age worthy.


Hope you have this bad boy in your cellar as we are sold out!


Parentage: 76% Paderewski and 24% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache, 9% Petite Sirah

My Bio by Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini:
The 2013 Ingenuity is a poster child for our beloved GSM + Petite Syrah blend. As usual, neither too feminine nor too masculine in nature, Ingenuity does not play by the wine rule book. So much juicy red Grenache fruit explodes on the front to mid palate, with Syrah giving palatial depth and velvety tannings. Petite Sirah accentuates the texture, and Mourvèdre binds the whole package together and grounds the wine in subtle earthy tones. Exuberantly Paso yet sublimely restrained. Total yum!





Parentage: 56% Catapult and 44% Paderewski Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache, 6% Tempranillo

My Bio by Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini:
Mouth-coating Syrah, earth-grounding Mourvèdre, fruit-driven Grenache and textural Tempranillo…this is your daily Epoch. 2014 Estate Blend shows full range of flavor—red plum, berry and surprising watermelon fruit flavors play the soprano notes while earthy, grounding elements of black olive, earth, sweet leather, brown spice and meat harmonize as baritones.





Well, there you have it folks.  You have everything you need to create a romantic date night in!  And remember, you can always make your own recipe, but nothing can match a delicious Epoch red.  So get planning, and create some #EpochMoments from home.  We’re excited to see what you come up with!


P.S. Have a sweet tooth? Make some s’mores or grab some vanilla bean ice cream and top it off with fresh cut strawberries.  Both desserts pair perfectly with our 2016 Possibility, a fortified dessert wine!  Give our tasting room a call at (805)-237-7575 to get your hands on a bottle of Possibility. Ü


Your friendly Tasting Room Educator,

Christine Ovasapyan