The next few weeks include a handful of fantastic wine and dine events that should be marked on your calendars.
Monday, August 29th Marquee Grill will kick off their monthly supper club dinners with a tribute to the ubiquitous Hatch chile. This time of year everything seems to be about this well loved pepper and Executive Chef, Trey Wilcox and Executive Bar Manager, Mixologist Jason Kosmas have created a pairing dinner designed to excite the palate with unique combos over a four course dinner for $95 per person. Reservations required – 214-522-6035.
Here is the menu:
Hatch Chili Dinner Menu
Welcome Cocktail – Matador Dulce Vida tequila, cucumber juice, roasted mild hatch chili and pineapple purée with hot hatch chili oil.
Compressed Melons and Poached Lobster, Hatch Chili, Avocado, Crispy Taro Root Paired with Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
Grilled Sockeye Salmon, Hatch Chili-Jack Cheese Grits, Tequila Lime Sauce Paired with Laetitia Pinot Noir
Kobe Beef Cheeks, Green Chili-Bacon Potatoes, Baby Beet – Hatch Chili Chimichurri Paired with Titus Cabernet Sauvignon
Hatch Chili Citrus Panna Cotta, Grilled Pineapple, Cilantro Gel, Plantains Paired with Casa Dragones-super premium sipping tequila
Also on Monday night, Sevy’s Grill welcomes a Napa Valley Star. Robin Lail of Lail Vineyards will be in town to celebrate a four course dinner expertly prepared by Chef Jim Severson and his team at Sevy’s. I love Lail wine, her Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best I have tasted. Guests will have an opportunity to taste two of her award winning Sauvignon Blancs, including the Georgia which Robert Parker called the best Sauvignon Blanc to come out of Napa, as well as a few of her red varietals. Cost is $85 per person. Reservations required – 214-265-7389. Here is the menu:
Griddled Proscuitto Wrapped Polenta
Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Napa
Crab and Corn Tamale Tart with Black Bean and Red Pepper Streaks
Georgia Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Napa
Smoked Pheasant Cannelloni with Wild Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Leeks and Truffle Shallot Cream
Blueprint Cabernet, 2007, Napa
Strube Ranch Kobe Short Ribs, “Loaded” Baked Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli and Red Wine Reduction
J. Daniel Cuvee, 2007, Napa
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake
Elio Perrone, Bigaro, 2010
Wednesday, August 31st head to Samar by Stephan Pyles for their tribute dinner to the luscious, beautiful tomato. Is there anything better in the summer time than ripe, juicy tomatoes? I think not, and it seems Chefs Stephan Pyles and Jon Thompson agree. For $35 per person/$55 with wine pairings guests will enjoy Andelusia Gazpacho; Tomato, Watermelon and Valdeon Salad; and Mangalista Pork with Tomato Sofrito and Grilled Leeks. There will even be a few Spanish Flamenco dancers to spice up the evening.
Also on Wednesday Maguire’s will host a “Wine Down Summer” dinner with C.S.W. Eric Swindel of Serendipity Wine Imports featuring dishes like Oyster Rockefeller Soup with crispy oysters and fresh spinach paired with Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc; Pan Seared Sea Bass with Sorelle per Sempre Un-Oaked Chardonnay; and Pappardelle Bolognese with Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon. Cost is $69 per person, reservations required – 972-818-0068.
Friday September 9th Pappas Bros. Steakhouse hosts their “Proud to be an American” wine tasting featuring over a dozen wines all made in the USA, and paired with select Chef Selection of Seasonal Hors d’Oeuvres.
Gruet Blanc de Noirs, New Mexico NV; Dr. Konstantin Frank Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes, NY 2010; Boudreaux Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA 2010; Barboursville Viognier, VA 2009; Arizona Stronghold, “Tazi” white blend, AZ 2010 ; Sharpe Hill “Ballet of Angels” white blend, Southeastern New England 2009; Salmon Run Pinot Noir, Dr Konstantin Frank, Finger Lakes, NY 2008 ; Fall Creek “Meritus”, TX 2006 ; Sandstone Cellars VII, Touriga, TX 2009; Evening Land Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Eola Hills, OR 2009; Barboursville Cabernet Franc, VA 2008; Owen Roe, “Ex Umbris” Syrah, Columbia Valley, WA 2008; Barboursville “Octagon”, VA 2006 ; Dickson, Quinta la Cruz, LD3 Ranch, Red Dessert Wine, TX 2008
Tickets are $45 each, reservations required – 214-366-2000
Though a little ahead of time, September 19th the lovely and talented Janet Viader, daughter of Viader owner Delia Viader known for making stunning Napa Valley red varietals, and highlighting Cabernet Franc, in her picturesque Howell Mountain winery will be in Dallas for tastings at select Sigel’s locations, and a dinner at Grace in Fort Worth on the 20th. She will be pouring an array of Viader wine, including:
2010 DARE by Viader dry Rose
2008 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc
2006 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Viader Syrah
2006 Viader Proprietary Blend
I was just with Janet up on Howell Mountain and tasted through these wines. Each is a beautiful expression of rich fruit grown in volcanic Howell Mountain soil, with a delicate touch and refined elegance this family run winery puts into each bottle. For reservations to the dinner call – 817-877-3388