I knew that wines had special reserves, but I had no idea that tomatoes had reserves. Thanks to Muir Glen for enlightening me to these special tomatoes. I was one of a lucky few that was invited to a special Tasting Dinner of reserve Muir Glen tomatoes. The event, the Muir Glen Tomato Vine Dining Tour, had stops in select cities: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle, with a special tasting dinner. For Atlanta, the selection was Chef Gerry Klaskala's Aria Restaurant in Buckhead.
The selection of Chef Klaskala and Aria for the Muir Glen Tomato Vine Dining Tour as they call it, wasn't random. Chef Klaskala is one of five award-winning chefs from around the country who actually traveled to Yolo County, California, in August to participate in the hand-harvesting of the special tomatoes. The 2010 Reserve Tomatoes were grown exclusively for Muir Glen under certified organic practices. The tomatoes are hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness to guarantee exceptional quality and taste, going from vine to can in eight hours.