Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vina San Jose de Apalta

Ramon, the export manager for San Jose de Apalta, was kind enough to send me some of his magnificent wine and I am very excited to discover, what for me is a new winery from Chile.

Friday night, the day of the arrival of these wines I tried the Carmenere Reserve with a friend over a meal I prepared.  The main course was coq au vin and it was prepared perfectly after a day marinating in red wine and herbs.  The Carmenere was great right from the beginning.  Usually it takes some 30 minutes to get the peak taste so I was pleasantly surprised how full it was immediately after opening.  Of course, 40 minutes later it was simply divine.  I was shocked at its quality.  To my surprise the grapes were entirely from Peumo.  Peumo is the best section of Chile for the Carmenere grapes.  Very special.
I will be tasting the remainder of the wines sent and report back on them.  I will bring one of the Cabernets to Jimmy Cefalo's TV show next Saturday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What I'll be Doing July 25th

Wine Spectator has just released its award list which includes GOL! THE TASTE OF BRAZIL for the 6th straight year.  To celebrate, we will be having a half off wine tasting on Wednesday the 25th of July.  Normally, the wine tastings are $30 a person but to celebrate the award, the cost per person will be only $15. 

Menu

Ceviche of White Fish
Santa Julia Sparkling Brut Rose
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Calamari Salad
Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva - Parker 88
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Grilled chicken leg in Brazilian "Molho a Campanha"
Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva - Parker 88
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Sliced Sirloin Steak
Vina Cobos Malbec Felino - Parker rated 91

For those who enjoy chicken hearts, any of the above dishes may be substituted by our specially prepared chicken hearts. For vegetarians, we have many dishes that can substitute any of the above dishes. All of the dishes above are gluten free and trans-fat free.
     By Reservation Only: 561 - 272 6565

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What I Have Been Drinking Lately - 6/26/12

May 18th, 2012

Familia Zuccardi Wine Dinner @ GOL! THE TASTE OF BRAZIL

About 40 people gathered for this fabulous event and were shocked at the high quality of the wines and food pairings we had the pleasure of tasting.
 
We opened with Santa Julia Sparkling Brut Rose, truly as much of a great champagne as the French version. A delicious nutty flavor with a mild carbonation, this surprise started it all off with smiles galore.  I can honestly say that when my daughter gets married this will be the champagne we will use.

The Torrontes is a brilliant white wine with tonalities of pears and citrus that is grown at over 5,000 feet above sea level.  The pairing with the delicious calamari salad was perfect to show off the complexity this white wine offers.  Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes.

The Zuccardi Q Tempranillo was another pleasant surprise.  Most Tempranillos outside of Spain are unidimensional with little to offer.  This version was wonderfully deep and had layers of dark berries that stood up to the strong taste of the Grilled Chicken Legs with Brazilian Molho A Companha.  A very rewarding combination!

The Serie A Malbec was delicious with that herbal overtone so characteristic of the good Malbecs.  The entire collection of this wine was sold out to the attendees who could not get enough of this superb wine.  The match with the Sirloin Steak could not be better.  

Finally, the coup de grace was the dessert wines that were so perfectly paired with the delicious Brazilian desserts.  For those of you that do not know the Malbec Port that Zuccardi produces, Malamado fit like a glove around the chocolate Mousse Cake.  The sweet Tardio made from late harvest Torrontes was a pleasant shock to everyone and it was also sold out to its new fans.

A great and most rewarding dinner was had by all.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Casa Silva Wine Dinner 2/2/12

Wine Dinner for two

For $79, indulge with our full rodizio dinner paired with four 90-point Casa Silva Wines.   
 Thursday, Feb. 2 - 7pm
Reserve Now: 561 - 272 6565

Calamari Salad or Ceviche
Casa Silva Chardonnay, Reserva

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Stuffed Endive

Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva


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Brazilian LinguiƧa or Grilled Chicken Leg
         
Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserva

Sliced Sirloin Steak or Rib-eye
Casa Silva Carmenere, Reserva


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Dessert
Casa Silva Carmenere, Reserva
$79 includes meal for 2 and wines 
Author Frank Reider will present the Casa Silva wines and discuss the wine pairings. Casa Silva is the oldest winery in Colchagua Valley, Chile and its wines are constantly rated highly by experts around the world. Robert Parker rates all of the above wines in the 90's.


Frank Reider, in his book, WINES OF PASSION: THE BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA, writes:  "Casa Silva whites  are smooth, long and wonderfully refreshing. The Carmenere is big and bold, very complex with spices complementing the berries... " 
 
Also join us for wine tastings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. $20 per person includes wines and food pairings.
 
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