RESERVE WINE PAIRINGS
Early Summer 2019
$135 PER GUEST
MV Delamotte Champagne, Brut, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cote des Blancs, France
Pairing Notes: We are thrilled to begin the evening with bubbles from one of our favorite houses. This wine is predominately Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are added to finish the personality of the wine. The finish is elegant and perfectly balanced with notes of white flesh fruit, peach and lemon zest.
2014 Buçaco Branco, Blend, Dão-Bairrada, Portugal
Pairing Notes: Since 1917, Buçaco Branco & Tinto were designed to blend two regions, Dão and Bairrada. This distinct blend became an object of culture, limited to kings, queens, heads of state and to the world famous Bussaco Palace Hotel itself. Tonight’s symbol of nobility compliments our scallop ceviche course by balancing extravagance with lightning bolt acidity. A pairing fit for a queen or king!
2011 Mestres, Cava Gran Reserva, Brut Nature, “Visol,” Catalonia, Spain
Pairing Notes: The Mestres family takes great pride in tradition, enough for its current owners to be the 30th generation of winegrowers and winemakers. In 1945, their Visol bottle was the first Cava ever sold without the addition of dosage after disgorgement. To pair with our tuna arepa, Visol’s continued tradition will share a uniquely savory quality coupled with mineral driven persistence.
2016 Altos Las Hormigas, Malbec, Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Pairing Notes: Immediately impressed during a spontaneous trip to Argentina, founders Albert and Antonio created Altos Las Hormigas with a focus on terroir. They share a firm belief that each intervention in wine is a step away from origin. The result is a wine with an uncanny sense of place. As such, tonight’s Gualtallary-based Malbec provides fresh acidity and tempered alcohol; two characteristics pivotal to pairing with our unique take of the tamale.
2016 Artadi, Monastrell, “El Sequé,” Alicante, Spain
Pairing Notes: This Monastrell comes from the prestigous Artadi house. Known for Rioja, their second property in Valencia, Spain produces wines with strong maritime influence just miles away from the Mediterranean. This wine has intense red berries on the nose and palate gives way to finesse driven spices of dried sage and pink peppercorns. The soft tannins and lower alcohol makes this a perfect food pairing with the mole beef short rib.
MV Valdespino, Oloroso, “Don Gonzalo,” VOS, Jerez, Spain
Pairing Notes: Akin to our previous Mestres family, Bodega Valdespino has winemaking roots tracing back to the 13th century. Valdespino may hold traditional methods, but unlike most sherry producers, they equally stress an importance in terrior, owning more than 186 hectares. Tonight’s “Don Gonzalo” oloroso sherry could benefit no dish better than our luscious take of tres leche cake. Harmonizing aromas of hazelnuts and Cuban cigars, “Don Gonzalo” flamencos between the ever-desired dessert and the ever-needed digestif.