BTG Wine Bar * – In the words of sommelier Louis Koppel, “this event is a screaming deal”, and I can’t say I disagree. This Wednesday (February 17th), head down to our favorite wine bar in SLC and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Conundrum, arguably California’s first great blended white. Check out the wines new look and style at BTG, along with other great Caymus pours paired with a five course menu prepared by Chef Fred Moesinger. The menu is as follows:
* Gambas al ajillo
* Conundrum White, 25th Anniversary, California 2012
* Brown butter risotto, grilled butternut squash, crispy shallots
* Mer Soleil, Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Barbara, 2012
* Duck confit cassoulet, fig gravy
* Emmolo, Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012
* Grilled beef chimichurri, black pepper, asiago, crispy potatoes
* Caymus, Red Schooner, Voyage 2, Malbec, Mendoza/Napa
* Dark chocolate mousse, espresso creme anglaise, toasted chopped almonds
* Conundrum, Red, California, 2013
Mike Gioia of Caymus Vineyards and Francis Fecteau of Libation Inc. will be on hand to talk vino with the dinner beginning promptly at 6:30. Cost is $40 for wine and $30 for food.
63 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Shallow Shaft * – Also on the evening of the 17th, Vine Lore will be hosting a “night to remember” hosting both Poseidon Vineyard & Obsidian Ridge at the Alta restaurant. Titled as “Single vineyard wines from sea Level to high altitude, special guest Arpad Molnar, founder of Tricycle Wine Partners will be in attendance to talk guests through the pairings. The five course menu is as follows:
* Scallop bouride, red bell pepper touille, crostini
* Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2014
* Smoked duck spring roll, shitake mushroom, scallion, duck cracklings, cherry ponzu
* Poseidon Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2013
* Raspberry Thai basil sorbet
* Venison osso bucco winter root vegetables, fried leeks, cabernet reduction
* Obsidian Ridge Half Mile 2012
* Dark chocolate pudding, meringue, huckleberries, sea salt
* Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The meal begins at 6:30pm and cost for the event is $60.00 for food and $65.00 for wine.
10199 E Hwy 210, Sandy, UT 84092
Silver Fork Lodge – Can’t make the 17th at BTG to check out the new Caymus offerings? Don’t fret. Gioia and Fecteau will be hosting a second similar event at this Big Cottonwood Canyon location the next evening. A five course meal will be paired with the feature wines for a cost of $80 per person.
11332 E Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Brighton, UT 84121
The Lodge Bistro * – World class wines from Idaho will be the focus of a wine dinner at the Snowbird resort on Saturday, February 20th. The Snake River Valley’s interesting volcanic soils, its high elevation vineyards and its cool desert climate are perfect for growing Viognier, Tempranillo and Syrah. Join winemaker/owner team, Melanie Krause and hubby Joe Schnerr of Cinder Wines and find out why Viognier is the queen of their white wines and why it grows so well in the Snake River Valley. Menu is as follows:
* Fresh pacific oysters, ceviche mignonette, wild mushroom crostini, house made ricotta
* Cinder, Dry Viognier 2014
* Chicken confit, root vegetable purée, spicy pickled raisins
* Cinder, Chardonnay, 2014
* Cioppino, sablefish, scallops, shrimp, mussels
* Cinder, Tempranillo, 2013
* Sous vide bavette steak, shallot crust, fingerling potato hash, shaved brussels sprouts, red wine béarnaise
* Mushroom ravioli, creamed kale, parmigiano-reggiano, wine syrup
* Cinder, Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, 2013
* Dark chocolate semifreddo with dried fruits and nuts sampling of local artisan cheeses with preserved fruit and crostini
* Cinder, Syrah, 2013
The evening commences at 6:30 pm with cost for food $69 and wine $30 extra.
9260 E # 082, Lodge Rd, Snowbird, UT 84092
Franck’s – Finally, if you need a little more time to plan, check out this wine dinner on Sunday, March 6th at 6:00 pm in Cottonwood. Pride Mountain Vineyards of California will be the focus for the evening. Pride are known for rich, powerful wines and Stuart Bryan, Vintner’s Ambassador for Pride, will be in town to host the dinner. Chefs Adam and Robert will be serving a four course menu to complement the wines as follows:
* Sashimi big eye tuna, calamari “noodle”, tangerine-peppercorn dashi, garlic chips, baby aromatic herbs,
citrus scented hon shimeji mushroom
* 2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California
* Duroc pork tenderloin, winter strawberry & radish salad, sesame-dark chocolate mole, chervil
* 2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot, Napa/Sonoma, California
* Black tea crusted local lamb chop, wild arugula, charred Japanese eggplant, roasted beet variations, chile infused greek yogurt
* 2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma, California
* Bone in all natural beef shortrib, celery root puree, plum reduction, caramelized shallot jam, fried parsley
* 2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa/Sonoma, California
Cost is $120 per person or $75 for food only.
6263 S Holladay Blvd, Holladay, UT 84121
* Gastronomic SLC is a proud local partner of BTG and Vine Lore.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
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