I’ll “officially” send these out next week, but I just finished them and figured people would want a quick peek. I’ll give a bit more detail in the rollout, but I am very proud of the tasting. Especially the 1996 Madeira. That’s almost as old as Veronika.
I just got the tasting notes for tonight’s Merlot tasting. People have a big misconception about Merlot, and a lot of it stems from the movie “Sideways”. Now, as much as I love that movie, that view on Merlot was very reductive and has really damaged Merlot’s value in the United States. At the time the movie was made California was producing mountains of really cheap and jammy Merlot. It was all about quantity over quality. However, the rest of the world was still producing amazing Merlot, just as they have for hundreds of years. Chateau Petrus is year in and year out one of the most expensive wines in the world and also one of the highest rated. It’s also primarily made from Merlot. I would really like to change everyone’s perception of that particular grape, because I think ignoring it is a big mistake. Merlot has so much offer. So come in and see what it tastes like from Italy, France, Washington and, yes, California. The tasting notes are included, if you’re interested in taking a peek.
(Also, California has backed off making that crazy amount of cheap Merlot. You can still find low quality stuff, but that is the case anywhere with anything. Ironically, they tanked their own value by doing what they did and made American Merlot almost impossible to sell. As a result, they were forced to actually put more effort into making it and rehabilitate the grape’s image. It’s actually a really fascinating story. A story I will expand upon if you come in for the tasting tonight at 7:00pm.)
My brain is functioning at about 50%, and while I’m aware that this is still like double what most people are working with, I’m not gonna be as sharp as I usually am. So, sorry if this message is missing my signature wit and depth. I promise I’ll eventually get back to 100%. Probably not next week, because I have to celebrate Halloween sometime, but maybe the week after that.
The special is a Stuffed Mexican Cordon Bleu with a Green Chile Sauce.
Wednesday’s Cocktail Specials will be Cucumber Sparklers, Mexican Mules and Peach Mojitos.
Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be Merlot (Merlots?) from Around The World. So, as much as people ignore Merlot as a viable wine to drink, this should show people that it has a lot to offer. No longer should it be associated with that cheap California swill of the early 2000’s (which shouldn’t have even mattered, because the rest of the world was still doing killer Merlot at that time). Besides there being plenty of good stuff coming out of The States, Bordeaux features Merlot prominently and some of the best Super-Tuscans are either 100% or dominant Merlot. And we’ll get a taste of all of it. Keep an open mind, please.
Don’t forget to sign up for our November 1st and 2nd Fall Night To Remember Dinner. I have already posted the menu previously.
I know I sent out the tasting notes, yesterday, for the wine tasting that’s happening tonight at 7:00pm. I wasn’t shipped one of the wines, so I have replaced it with another that is the exact same grape from the exact same region. If I hadn’t said anything, I’m not sure anyone would have noticed. But it’s always best to be more informative than less. So the updated wine tasting notes are attached to this message. It’s a killer tasting, so be sure to make it in to try it with us.
So, this is a slightly more nebulous wine tasting set for tomorrow. Rather than doing a specific area or varietal, I picked wines that I thought would pair well with the cooler weather. Just as whites and roses are summer wines, big chewy reds are perfect for the fall and winter. And we have found damn good and damn chewy reds. I have included the tasting notes in this message.
Also, the cocktail tasting for tonight is Peach Cosmos, Cucumber Margaritas and Cassis Mojitos. The last vestige of summer playing out in cocktail form. I’d be more wistful if Texas summers didn’t suck so badly.
Sorry for the delay, I was working on the tasting and some other wine things for the week/the November Wine Dinner. I figured most people would feel like that was more important than the message. Alcohol first, information second. That’s how I was raised, at least.
The special for the week is Pesto Lamb Chops with a Truffle Sauce.
Wednesday’s cocktail specials will feature Peach Cosmos, Cucumber Margaritas and Cassis Mojitos.
Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be a “Welcome to Fall” wine tasting, featuring all heavier red wines. Things that are chewy with some body and depth. I’ll send out the specific notes tomorrow, but they’ll be nice and big to ring in the colder weather.
I have more information to send you guys, tomorrow, but I just wanted to get this message out there.
Talk to you, soon.
Here are the tasting notes for tonight’s Rhone Valley wine tasting. It’s mostly southern Rhone wines, but they all ended up delicious. The white wine in particular is interesting. Sorry about the late notice, but you should really try to make it out, if you can. Rhone Valley is maybe my favorite region.
I am sorry to send this out a day late, but I was waiting on some information from Rob. I have it now, and so I magnanimously share it with you. Let’s get straight to it!
The special for this week, in keeping with our Oktoberfest German Celebration, will be Schnitzel!
Wednesday’s Cocktail Special will be “listen to your bartender” specials. I did it a few weeks ago and some people missed it and expressed interest trying it. Who knows if they’ll show up to try it, tonight, but I figured I’d give them another shot at it. Basically, you come in and ask for a cocktail special and I make you a drink based on what I think you’ll like. I’m usually fairly good at it, so give me a shot.
Thursday’s Wine Tasting will feature all Rhône Valley wines. I’ll send out the tasting notes tomorrow, but I wanted to give you a little heads up. We should be featuring a cool Viognier, a really nice Cotes du Rhône Rouge, a Gigondas and a Chateauneuf du Pape. They’re all rated really well and they’re all good wines, regardless of what the ratings are, anyway. Come get a little taste of southern France.
Don’t forget to call and make a reservation for our Fall Night To Remember Wine Dinner on Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd. I’m working on the wine notes (waiting on a wine rep to finish sending me the wines) and I’ll send them out the second I finish them. Thanks for being patient with me.
That’s all I got.
See you soon.
Just a quick reminder that Elaine is doing a Bizzi’s Cellar Tasting on Saturday. Most of you already knew, but for anyone that missed it, now you know! See you tomorrow.