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Voila French Bistro to host authentic French wine dinner

If you’re a fan of white table cloth draped tables and authentic French cooking paired with wine then circle Sunday November 5th on your calendar and make a reservation for a 3-course dinner at Voila French Bistro in Scottsdale.

Your hosts Chef Jean-Christophe Gros and his wife Segolene re-located to Scottsdale from France in 2015 where Chef Gros as a Master French Chef spent 30 years working in restaurants  with Michelin star ratings.

Voila French Bistro menu

Once you walk in the doors you’ll feel as if you’re in Paris and this 3-course menu will make you wish you were there.

LE CABILLAUD :                                                                                                     Chilled Cod and Spinach Papillotte Over Tomato Tartare and Niçoise Olive Tapenade
Chardonnay
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LE CHAUSSON DE VOLAILLE:                                                                   Chicken Wellington With Porcini Mushrooms and Napa Cabbage Stuffing
Pinot Noir
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LE SAINT-HONORE A LA POIRE:                                                                      Puff Pastry with Poached Pear and a Praline Butter Cream and a Dark Chocolate Sauce
Crément

The early dinner will start at 5 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. Price is $65 per person with reservations required that and can be made by calling 480-614-5600. More information about the restaurant can be found on their website.

Voila French Bistro is at 10135 Via Linda. Scottsdale 85258

B.R. Cohn Winery pairs with Zuzu menu for Monday Night Chef’s Table dinner

Once a month Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho’s Zuzu host’s a “Monday Night Chef’s Table” dinner and for October’s dinner they have invited B.R. Cohn Winery to pair their wines with executive chef’s Chuck Wiley’s 4-course dinner. The dinner will be on Monday October 17th starting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will also include conversation with the chef along with a representative from the winery.

 

zuzu dinner menu

The seasonal menu was created specifically to pair with the each of the wines and their nuances and is as follows….

Pan-Seared Sea Scallop
cracked black pepper risotto, preserved lemon butter
Chardonnay 2015

Warm Kale Salad
toasted walnuts, breadcrumbs, crumbled blue cheese,
hard egg & a warm pancetta vinaigrette
Pinot Noir 2014

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin
roasted garlic mashed potatoes & creamed parsley
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Chocolate Mousse
coconut crème & toasted almonds

who is b.r.cohn winery

B.R. Cohn winery was founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn in Glen Ellen, California as an escape from the intensity of the San Francisco music scene. Bruce was involved in running a music studio and later becoming manager for The Doobie Brothers during their rise to stardom in the 1970s. Bruce started making wines at his Sonoma County winery after 10 years of selling grapes to other wineries. While Bruce handle much of cultivating of the vineyards and more early on, he had several up and coming winemakers such as Helen Turley, Merry Edwards and Steve Macrostie make the early vintages. In 1990 Bruce started making olive oil from the olive trees on the estate that is named “Olive Hill Estate Vineyards” and many of his wines have come from that vineyard.

reservations needed and up-coming dinners

As this dinner series has become very popular with diners, reservations are needed as seating is limited. The cost for the dinner is $68 per person plus tax and gratuity and reservations can be made by calling 480-376-2600 https://www.hotelvalleyho.com/hotel/hotel-events/monday-night-chefs-table

Monday Night Chef’s Table for November will include Arrowood Winery and Champagne is on the menu for December.

Zuzu is in the Hotel Valley Ho at 6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale 85251

 

 


upcoming dinners

LOLA wine dinner at The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s with winemaker Seth Cripe to host

As the cool weather gets closer and closer it’s not only the snowbirds that will be returning to Phoenix but winery owners, winemakers and others returning to our sunny state. It is for that reason The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s will be hosting a LOLA wine dinner with founder & winemaker Seth Cripe flying in from his California winery to host the event.

Photo courtesy of LOLA
Photo courtesy of LOLA

About lola

LOLA was founded in 2008 after Florida native Cripe traveled the world at the age of 17 to work harvest and learn how to make wine before settling in Napa Valley. Currently this boutique winery make about 8,000 cases of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Dry Riesling. The winery works with sustainable and natural methods in an effort to protect the environment for years to come.

Photo courtesy of The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer's
Photo courtesy of The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

the menu pairings

The dinner will be on Thursday, Sept. 22nd at 6pm with dinner being served at 6:30 and costs $95 per person. The 6-course menu is as follows.

Amuse Bouche
Raviolo al Uobo + brown butter + fried sage + black opal platinum caviar
1st course LOLA Dried Riesling * TBD
Corn soup + curry + citrus beurre poached crab + apple slaw
2nd course LOLA Chardonnay * TBD
Little neck clam + housemade linguini +  sauce au vin blanc + Hawaiian Black go lb salt  + Italian parsley + focaccia crumbs + Anna Maria Cortez Battarga
3rd course LOLA Pinot Noir * Russian River
Plank Patagonia salmon  + vanilla + Swiss chard + chanterelle mushroom + extra virgin olive oil
4th course LOLA Pinot Noir North Coast
Blackberry glazed lamb chops + white beans + kale + extra virgin olive oil + cracked pepper + Go lb. salt + demi glace
Dessert- Ice + Earth + Decadence
Wild raspberry sorbet + stilton + strawberry + valrhona chocolate chunk cookie
The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s is at 3603 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix 85018 (602)626-5050 http://www.themarketphx.com/

 

Left Coast Cellars wines perfect for spring & summer food pairing

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Focusing on single vineyard estate grown wines is the game plan for Left Coast Cellars winemaker Luke McCollum and his team. With the release of the 2015 Truffle Hill Chardonnay & White Pinot Noir they’ve made wine wines that are lighter & refreshing and pair well with easy to make foods for the spring and summer.

The Truffle Hill Chardonnay is age sur lie for 9 months has bit of creaminess and Flinty minerals and nuances of golden apples, pears, spices and figs. Good with salads and shell fish this is what Chardonnay tastes like with it’s hair down.
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The White Pinot Noir is a rare find and is a deep wine despite its lack of skin color. On the nose there is cardamom, peach, pithy citrus and honey with the palate being similar but also with a hint of orange blossom and slate and mineral finish. The White Pinot Noir pairs well with salads, fish and grilled vegetables.

Both wines are from sustainable vineyards in the Willamette Valley and retail for about $24.

For more information about Left Coast Cellars and where to find there wines check out www.leftcoastcellars.com

Binkley’s in Cave Creek to host Dukes Family wine dinner on Wed. Oct 30th

Binkley’s Restaurant in Cave Creek will be hosting a 6 course dinner paired with the wines of Dukes Family Vineyards, a Pinot Noir producer in Oregon on Wednesday, October 30th. The seasonally planned menu and wine pairing cost is $116 plus tax and gratuity per person and will include meat and seafood representative of the Fall season prepared by James Beard nominee Kevin Binkley including Elk, Sturgeon and duck breast. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are needed and can be made at binkleysrestaurant.com or 602-437-1072. Binkley’s Restaurant is at 6290 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Below is the menu and wine pairing.

House Cured Ham

Arugula, butternut squash jam, quince, confit cippolini onion, sumac lavosh

2011 Blushing Kate Rose

Smoked Sturgeon

Sunchoke salad, bacon, frisee, horseradish crème fraiche

2007 Nipple Hill Pinot Noir

Seared Duck Breast

Cottage cheese pancake, spiced pecans, pomegranate, red sorrel, foie gras coulis

2008 Alyssa Pinot Noir

Truffle & Porcini Pierogi

Shaved truffles, charred baby leeks, parmesan

2006 Thomas Pinot Noir

Braised Elk Shank

Blackberries, sweet potato, rapini

2005 Alyssa Pinot Noir

Epoisses Pot au Crème

Black pepper bread stick, apple, watercress

2009 Nipple Hill Pinot Noir

2011 Patricia Green Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir

patricia green
Patricia Green has definitely paid her dues in the Oregon wine-making world learning to make wine way back in 1987 when she entered the business at Hillcrest Vineyard. Then consulting for such wineries as Ashland & Giradet, working crush at Adelsheim and becoming winemaker at La Garza in 1992. In 1993, with a reputation as one of the top winemakers in Oregon she became the winemaker at Torii Mor. It is there that she met Jim Anderson and in 2000 Patty & Jim bought a 52 acre estate in the Ribbon Ridge district of Yamhill County, and Patricia Green Cellars www.patriciagreencellars.com was born. 13 years later the two are making 12 different Pinot Noirs in the 2011 vintage and limited amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Dry Muscat Ottonel emphasizing the unique terroir found throughout the Willamette Valley in each. Using estate grown as well as purchased grapes Patty and Jim pay very close attention to detail throughout the whole wine making process including grape and barrel selection. All vineyards sourced are all dry farmed.

The 2011 Reserve has become a regular staple in Patty’s stable of wines having been previously released in occasional vintages. The 3,200 case production wines offers great value for the money running $25-$30 a bottle. It offers consistency from vintage to vintage and uses both estate grown and purchased fruit. Soft and mellow, this wine offers the drinker a wonderful expression of the multiple terroirs found throughout the area. White pepper is abundant along with good fruit, mild tannins and well balanced oak. Hints of grapefruit are present on the nose. This wine is perfect for summer time drinking and would compliment an array of salads, salmon and roasted meats and vegetable dishes. Although it’s considered an “entry level” wine for the winery, it’s definitely far more experienced than that.

Fleming’s Steakhouse Pinot Noir Smackdown

I was recently invited to taste some of the Pinot Noirs put on the new Fleming’s 100 wines by the glass list. Having gone through my Pinot Noir phase before it’s popularity skyrocketed in 2004 with the release of the movie “Sideways” it takes a lot to impress me specifically a well-balanced Pinot that is not to oaky and toasty and more fruit driven.

With 8 wines tasted 7 were from California and Oregon and 1 was from New Zealand and here is what I thought of them….

2009 Garnet from Monterey County is made from all estate grown fruit near the Santa Lucia Highlands this wine was medium in body with a hint of spice, good fruit and dry. It finished smooth and had a bit of hazelnuts and cedar.

2010 A to Z Wineworks sources their fruit from at least 16 different Oregon vineyards. It had a nice nose of berries, made like most Oregon wines in a Burgundian style emphasizing toasty oak and minerals it was drier and powerful.

The 2009 Three Saints from Santa Maria Valley was a favorite. Made from all estate grown fruit from vineyards not far from the Pacific, that leads to cool ocean breezes and a longer growing season adding complex flavors. This wine was a was big, with hints of strawberries on the nose and on the palate along with wildflower aromas.

2009 MacMurray Ranch in the Sonoma Coast area was once owned by actor Fred Macmurray of TVs “My 3 Sons”. This wine is aged in both American and European oak and has a ruby color. With easy current and berry flavors this wine was well-balanced.

The 2009 Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” from Santa Maria Valley is a Cab drinkers Pinot as it’s full-bodied with big oak and toast is very obvious. It’s aromas of cherries and berries give way to vanilla and cinnamon ion the palate along with some earthy flavors before its long finish.

2009 Migration is made by Duckhorn Vineyards and the fruit comes from the cool climate of Anderson Valley. It’s another big Pinot and is both spicy and fruity. The acidity makes for good food pairing along with a smoky finish and dry finish this would also make a cab drinker happy.

The 2010 Belle Glos “Meiomi” sources fruit from up and down the coast in all Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Owned by Caymus Vineyards Wagner family, it’s made by 3rd generation winemaker and grandson of the founders Joe Wagner. This wine is medium in body, with a good fruit finish. It’s a good representation of the families traditional wine making along with 21st century innovation. Its long finish is worth savoring.

The 2010 Saint Clair “Vicar’s Choice” from Marlborough, New Zealand was the only imported Pinot and has a very old world nose and style. Known for their Sauvignon Blanc they are gaining a reputation for Pinot Noir as this wine has already garnered 2 Gold Medals. With well-balanced tannins and acidity it covers the palate with toasty oak and red cherries. A mellow finish offers up a hint of vanilla.

After tasting through these 8 Pinots I feel confident that each of their styles will pair well with any number of entrees that Fleming’s has to offer.