Wines and Plates Wednesday 10/23/13

Wines and Plates 10-23-13 Each Wine by the Glass $5 (12cl)

A Mencia from Bierzo, Spain – a very In region at the moment

Along with a beautiful Tempranillo and Garnacha

Three great Wines from three great regions of Spain
For a great price!

DESCENDIENTES DE JOSE PALACIOS PETALOS 2011
Mencia Grape / Bierzo, Castilla Leon, Spain / 92 points

The Wine:...very aromatic and flowery (violets), almost heady, with clear notes of blueberries and licorice. The oak is perfectly integrated, almost imperceptible, a medium body, with a thick silky texture, is very tasty, with some acidic strawberry flavors. This could very well be the best Petalos produced to date.”

Suggested Plate Pairing:

Wat – Ethiopian style Berbere spiced Beef and Red Lentils on Flat Bread

Zin – Grilled Steak with Blue Cheese and Zinfandel drizzle on Toasts


CUNE VINA REAL CRIANZA 2009

Tempranillo Grape / Rioja, Spain / 91 points

The Wine:

…90% Tempranillo blend from vineyards in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria, exceptionally ripe with a dark ruby/purple color, excellent texture, and outstanding concentration, length and equilibrium.”

Suggested Plate Pairing:

Bruschetta – Flamed ripe Brie with Shallot Plum Marmalade and crisped Prosciutto on Toasts

Tacos – Lamb Confit Tacos with Black Olive Yogurt Mousse, Preserved Lemon


ESPELT VITICULTORS GARNACHA OLD VINES 2010
Garnacha Grape / Emporda, Catalonia, Spain / 92 points

The Wine:...from high-elevation vineyards in the Costa Brava planted in granite, 100% Grenache aged 3 months in new French oak, aromas of raspberry jam, black currants, kirsch, flowers and forest floor, full body, terrific fruit, lots of complexity, and a multidimensional mouthfeel.”

Suggested Plate Pairing:

Kebab – Pistachio Lamb Kebabs, Sour Cherry sauce, grilled Kalamata Olives, Flat Bread

Chicharrones – Crisp roasted Pork on Garlic Cranberry Beans 

(Of course, our regular Menu and Wine List is also available)

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    Sherry Chicken Liver Pâté with Espresso Gelee on Semolina Cracker, Blueberry Chutney

    Crushed Cucumbers with Sopressata Salami and Garlic Chili Oil Vinaigrette

    Grilled grass fed Flap Steak with fresh Figs and Danish Blue Cheese on Toasts

    Fresh Sweet Corn Pancakes, aged Humbolt Fog Goat Cheese, Radish Strawberry Cream

    Red Cabbage Salad with Sesame Anchovy Dressing and toasted Seaweeds, baby Candy Cane Beets

    Sous Vide Baby Octopus Shabu Shabu, Chili Ume sauce, Shrimp Dashi

    Charleston style chilled pickled Shrimp with sweet Maui Onions and Sriracha

    Handmade Tuscan Pici Pasta with roasted Chickpeas, Chorizo, Garlic and Breadcrumbs

    Duck Fat roasted Corn on Danish Blue Cheese Polenta 'Cob', Corn Silk Crisps

    Cayenne Grilled Baby Carrot Kofte, Carrot Caramel

    Grilled Peaches and Oyster Mushrooms in Fino Sherry with Almond Crema on Toasts

    Duck Confit and Apricot Ragù on Polenta, Parmesan, Lemon Gremolata


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    Desserts - new this week!

    Caramelized grilled Summer Stone Fruits, Whipped Mascarpone Creme, Sorrel Sorbet

    Candied Caramel Rum Shell filled with Dark Chocolate Ganache, Rum Meringue