Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel's ENO is Amazing

We arrived at LAX Wednesday afternoon and were looking forward to getting down to Laguna Beach to the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. After a little bit of traffic, we made our way onto the Pacific Coast Highway. Unfortunately, it was already dark so we did not have a fabulous scenic drive alongside the ocean.

Upon arriving at the Ritz, we were greeted by Deanne French, Director of Public Relations. After checking in and getting settled in our rooms, we met Deanne in ENO, the Ritz’s wine, cheese and chocolate tasting room. We had a fabulous time indulging in all the above! I chose to try to Lasting Laguna Reds wine flight, which included a sampling of three red wines presented in order of lightest to heaviest. My favorite was the Ahnfeldt Merlot, which was perfect. Next, we sampled the cheese flight, which included cheeses from across Europe. I loved the Spanish brie made from goat’s milk…delightful. Shannon was so helpful and informative and an absolute pleasure to have assisting us with our decisions. She recommended we try a sampling of meats as well, which include roasted chicken, ham and shaved pepperoni, along with olives and flatbread. I was thinking that I should not have already eaten dinner! Once again, everything was wonderful and the wine and gal pal chit chat kept flowing. Soon we were ready for dessert, and Shannon presented an absolutely wonderful chocolate flight to our table. The “must try” was the caramel sea salt covered in chocolate cocoa…yum!

Not only is the food and wine at ENO amazing, but the atmosphere is as well. With a full floor-to-ceiling glass wine tower in the middle of the room, and the surrounding high-top tables are perfect for socializing in any size group. In one area, they feature great wine gifts, such as books, glasses and wine-related items.

Of course everything is wonderful at the Ritz, and we had a terrific time chatting with Deanne and gaining interesting information from Shannon. Many thanks to both of them for making our Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel evening spectacular!

I cannot wait to get up in the morning and see the Ritz Carlton grounds and coastline of the Pacific Ocean.

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