Crystal Springs - Mother's Day Dessert DisplayOn Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018, Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, New Jersey, will be offering a selection of brunches as well as free golf for Moms.

Crystal Tavern 3-Course Brunch: Executive Chef Aishling Stevens will be preparing an elegant 3-course meal on Mother’s Day. Luxurious options include Citrus Cured Salmon with rhubarb and radish; Cauliflower Velouté with caviar; Asparagus Risotto or Scallops with hazelnuts, cauliflower and black sausage. Grand Cascades Lodge, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $43.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity).

Emerald Ballroom Brunch Buffet: Featuring fresh Seafood Bar, omelet and meat carving stations with Prime Rib, Ham and Steak. There will also be a decadent Dessert Display (see image above) with eclairs, cupcakes, fruit tarts, cakes and cookies. Grand Cascades Lodge, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $62.00 for guests 12 and over; $25.00 for children 4-11; children under 4 free (plus tax & gratuity).

Diamond Ballroom Brunch Buffet: The family friendly brunch buffet will be serving both hot and cold brunches, including an omelet and carving station, Roasted Pork Loin with pearl onions, peas and red wine beurre and Orecchiette with Rock Shrimp and plum tomato sauce. Minerals Hotel, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; $42.95 for guests 12 and over; $19.95 for ages 4-11; free for children under 4 (plus tax & gratuity).

Black Bear Brunch Buffet: Featuring scrumptious offering such as Charcuterie and an endless Shrimp station. Black Bear Golf Club, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $39.95 for ages 12 and over; $17.95 for ages 4-11; free for children under 4 (plus tax & gratuity).

Free Golf and May 13th: After 11:00 a.m., Cascades, Crystal Springs, Minerals and Black Bear will be offering fee golf for all moms. Or play at Wild Turkey or Ballyowen for just $50.00.

Grand Cascades Lodge: 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ, (844) 281-0548

Minerals Resort: 2 Chamonix Drive, Vernon Township, NJ, (844) 237-1115

Black Bear Golf Club: 138 Route 23, Franklin, NJ, (973) 209-2511

For more information, or to make reservations, please call the phone numbers listed above.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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The Wines of Spring

by artfuldiner on April 23, 2018

in Artful Diner Mini Review, Opinion, Wine

Nicholas - Spring Wine TastingWith apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson… In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of – among other things – wine. Usually white wines. To be more precise, at least wines that are more suited to warm weather quaffing and lighter cuisine.

With the onslaught of spring and summer, we do begin to rethink our approach to wine. As the weather heats up, those big, bold and brazen Cabernets, Zinfandels and Bordeaux just don’t make it. Lightness and refreshing simplicity are the most important considerations in selecting spring/summer wines.

Listed below in ascending order – from least to most expensive and from light to fuller bodied –  are a number of recommendations that are well suited to warm weather quaffing…

Petit Chenin Blanc2017 Ken Forrester “Petit” Chenin Blanc (South Africa), $12.99: Chenin Blanc undoubtedly originated in the Anjou region of France before migrating to its better-known Loire and Rhone Valley locations. As of this writing, it is still the most widely planted varietal in South Africa, where it is also called “Steen.” Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile of all wine grape varieties. Despite this marvelous versatility, however, it was better known for its blatant overproduction and bland, uninteresting vintages. Fortunately, this trend has recently started to reverse. The 2017 Ken Forrester “Petit” is one of the best – and reasonably priced – examples of what Chenin Blanc is capable of.  The wine is absolutely exhilarating, exhibiting refreshing hints of melon & grapefruit that continue to hold sway though to the lively finish. And don’t worry if you can’t find the 2017… the 2016 “Petit” is even bit its equal with a slightly crisper countenance.

2016 Acrobat Pinot Gris (Oregon), $14.00: In 2009 King Estate launched its Acrobat label, which was specifically designed to offer wine lovers quality wines at reasonable prices. And one sip of the 2016 Acrobat Pinot Gris will be enough to demonstrate why these wines have been such a huge success and so highly regarded. Recently garnering 89 points from the Wine Spectator, the 2016 is crisp, well-balanced, and marvelously refreshing… but, at the same time, downright luscious on the palate with a remarkable depth of flavor. As Wine & Spirits noted, this wine is surely “a steal at the price.” The 2016 Acrobat Pinot Gris is perfect for summertime quaffing and/or dining.

Elena Walch & Daughters2016 Elena Walch Chardonnay (Italy), $14.99: Elena Walch is a leading wine estate in the lto Adige region and is also considered one of the finest in Italy. The philosophy of her wine estate is dedicated to terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate, and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. And the responsibility for the family business is now in the hands of her daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, already the fifth generation. The 2016 Elena Walch Chardonnay demonstrates character, elegance, and great personality. The wine is delightfully fruity and light upon the palate with just a touch of oak. A remarkably delicious wine at an equally remarkable price point.

2015 Ridge Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (California), $55.00: As noted in my wine review of July 2017, if I were asked to name my favorite California wineries, Ridge Vineyards would most certainly be in the top five. Founded in the early 1960s, Ridge specializes in premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. Although more famous for its red wines, the 2015 Ridge Estate Chardonnay has quite a following of its own. The 2014 was highly rated; and the recently sampled 2015 is equally impressive. The wine is complex, intense, beautifully textured, and reminiscent of a fine white Burgundy. There’s a touch of oak here, but that quickly gives way to more interesting elements of fruit and spice. As one critic succinctly put: “As for the wine itself, well, it is fabulous.” I second the motion… And would add that it is worth every penny of its $55.00 price tag.

Meursault-Charmes 20112011 Thierry et Pascale Matrot Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru (France), $59.99: Domaine Matrot, owned by Thierry Matrot and his wife, Pascale, is one of the oldest estate bottlers in Burgundy and one of the largest and most important properties in the district of Meursault. The domaine’s vintages are widely represented on the wine lists of France’s greatest restaurants and have been distributed in the United States for over thirty years. The domaine farms about three-quarters of its 45 acres, which represent some of the finest vineyards in the heart of Burgundy. The 2011 Meursalt-Charmes is a rich, round and powerful wine with a delightfully creamy texture. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media bestowed a whopping 94 points and noted: “This is a drop-dead gorgeous Meursault from Matrot, not to mention a wine of immense pleasure.” Available online from various sources.

 

Of course, there is no reason to give up red wine entirely in warmer weather. Just skip the heavy-handed Cabernets and Syrahs and look for lighter-bodied reds… especially if you chill them to around 60 degrees. One French wine that responds quite well to chilling is Beaujolais. Forget the highly-hyped Beaujolais Nouveau, which is little more than aggressively marketed grape juice. However, the region’s more serious wines, labeled by the village in which they are produced (Brouilly, Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent), are light enough for fish dishes on a warm day, yet still interesting and complex.

Bourgone Rouge Pinot Noir 2015Another wine I recently discovered and highly recommend for warm weather quaffing is the 2015 Moissenet Bonnard Bourgogne Rouge, Cuvée de l’Oncle Paul, Pinot Noir (France), $24.99: This is a light-bodied red wine that is smooth and velvety on the palate… and it doesn’t require chilling to be at its best. This is an immensely food-friendly wine that goes with variety of spring-summer dishes or is perfectly enjoyable on its own. Readily available through Pennsylvania State Stores.

Cheers!

TAD

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Louette’s BYO

106 Bridge Street

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

(484) 924-9906

www.louettesbyo.com

Louette's - InteriorLouette’s BYO, which made its debut on January 18th of this year (2018), inhabits the Bridge Street space formerly occupied by the long-running Marly’s. A creation of chef/proprietor Steve Howells, Louette’s is a portmanteau (a word blending the sounds and combining the meaning of two others) of Howells’ children’s names: Louis and Charlotte.

Chef Howells, whose culinary training is classic French, serves up a variety of imaginative eclectic fare in his cozy bistro, his small plates menu awash with Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian and American influences. And the chef is adamant: He serves small plates, not tapas. To him, tapas connotes small, appetizer type food; whereas his presentations are complete dishes in smaller forms… And he does not serve entrées; he serves smaller portions of what a typical entrée would be, priced significantly less than a standard main course.

His tasting menu categories – Simple; Noodles; Conversation Starters; and More Like Mains –  invite diners to put aside the conventional appetizer-entrée scenario for an evening and do a bit of spirited gastronomic grazing… And the best (and most economical) way to experience the chef’s handiwork is to build your own four-course tasting menu with one selection from each category, priced at $45.00 per person (you also have the option of substituting a dessert as one of your selections).

Louette's - Greens SaladThe Simple category includes several items that might be considered typical starters – soup and salad – as well as a number of more intriguing offerings (like the House Fermented Pickle Jar). The Greens Salad, for example, features mixed greenery backed by slices of radish, cucumber, and red onion – all rather pedestrian. What’s needed, of course, is a dynamite dressing to propel this dish out of the realm of the ordinary. The buttermilk dill dressing sounds good; unfortunately, it can’t quite pull it off. It’s on the weak & watery side and leaves the palate begging for more punch. Acceptable but far from exciting.

Louette's - BroccoliniThe Charred Broccolini spruced up with romesco sauce, on the other hand, is a standout. For starters, the broccolini is just the proper texture and color… firm to the bite while maintaining its verdant vibrancy. And the romesco – a rich nut and red pepper-based sauce that originated in Tarragona, Catalonia – adds a decidedly zesty note. The nuts in this instance are flavorful chunks of Marcona almonds, with dollops of goat cheese providing a soothing counterpoint to the slightly spicy romesco.

As you move on to the Noodles, matters pick up considerably. The Durum Wheat Cavatelli, for instance, is a first-rate presentation. Garnished with an intriguing shiitake mushroom Bolognese and wild green onions, this is a downright luscious vegetarian option… But it pales in comparison to the Sweet Potato Ravioli companioned by baby kale. The pièce de résistance, a zippy chorizo emulsion, succeeds in taking the taste buds by storm.

Louette's - Caramelized CauliflowerThe Conversation Starters offer diners a number of intriguing possibilities… my favorite being the Caramelized Cauliflower Steak, which reaps the benefits of a rather eclectic assortment of ingredients. First and most prominently is a fairly spicy Madras curry sauce, which, though said to originate in the city of Madras in the south of India, was actually invented by restaurants in Britain. Then there’s a smattering of golden raisins; and, finally, a tiara of gremolata, a garnish made of minced parsley, lemon peel and garlic, which adds a fresh sprightly flavor to the dish. A rather odd combo, granted… but one that works remarkably well.

Louette's - Foie Gras TorchonNot so the Foie Gras Torchon. This is a method for preparing foie gras in which it is formed into a disc, wrapped in a dishtowel (torchon in French) and poached in a flavored liquid usually containing sweet white wine. It is then cooled and left to steep in the liquid for several days. The result is an extraordinarily rich flavor and silky-smooth texture. Unfortunately, in this case, that marvelous flavor is all but eclipsed by an overly assertive amalgam of gingerbread crumbs and granola. A fabulous foie gras… “lost in the sauce.”

Louette's - SalmonThe More Like Mains category presents diners with a choice of beef, pork, chicken, and two inviting seafood selections. The rendition of Scottish Salmon is particularly pleasant, incorporating a diminutive parsnip cake, spring onion, mushroom confit, and artistic smattering of an enticingly flavorful black garlic sauce. The salmon filet itself is beautifully pan seared, proffering a golden crust that yields to a sumptuous, slightly translucent interior. A delicious new wrinkle on an all-too-common restaurant staple.

Louette's - ScallopsChef Howells’ take on the Hand Torn Scallops is even more avant-garde. The bivalves are teamed with cauliflower, quinoa, and a beguiling bacon jam. This latter ingredient is most often utilized in conjunction with hamburgers, scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches and the like. Here, however, it fits in quite well with the meaty texture of the scallops, while adding a touch of pizzazz to the dish as a whole. Once again, like the aforementioned Caramelized Cauliflower Steak, this is another rather offbeat combination of ingredients that – seemingly against all odds – succeeds in hitting all the right notes.

Dessert-wise, the Flourless Chocolate Cake should be more than enough to assuage the cravings of any confirmed chocoholic… For something a bit different, however, you might want to give the Peanut Butter and Jelly a try. The peanut butter is whipped and as light as a feather, alive with that addictive peanut butter taste. The bottom layer is an irresistible take on strawberry jam. If you’re a PB&J fan, this is not to be missed.

Louette's - Chef Steve HowellsThere is absolutely no question in my mind that Louette’s is a most welcome addition to the every-growing Phoenixville dining scene. Notwithstanding one or two minor faux pas, Chef Howells’ innovative small plates menu is a wellspring of quality ingredients that are carefully prepared and artistically presented. The restaurant’s service is both friendly & knowledgeable and the price is right. In addition, while most restaurants are closed on Sundays and/or Mondays, the chef has elected to remain open on those days (closing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays) in order to give diners a solid dining option early in the week.

Chef Howells’ creative cuisine is obviously a big draw to the adventurous of palate. My only concern, however, is that it could very well prove to be a bit too creative to pull in sufficient numbers of gastronomically conservative diners. At the present moment, the Slow Cooked Hanger Steak is the only menu item that would appear to be even remotely appealing to the diehard grab and growl, meat and potatoes crowd.

Hopefully, my fears are misplaced… as Louette’s is a delightfully innovative and exciting dining experience.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Krug Wine DinnerOn Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a special dinner featuring four different cuvées from Krug Champagne. Jessica Julmy, Krug’s Head Ambassador will be flying in for this one-night-only event.

For Champagne, Krug is like Domaine Romanée-Conti in Burgundy, virtually without peer. Everything with the Krug label is a prestige cuvée, sourced from old-vine, Grand-Cru vineyard sites and masterfully blended by 6th generation winemaker and proprietor, Olivier Krug.

Krug Winemaker Dinner Menu…

First Course: Cape May Salt Oyster, Honeydew Melon Water, Lime Caviar; Pairing: Krug, Grand Cuvée, 164 Edition

Second Course: Yukon Potato “Cappuccino,” Toasted Hazelnut; Pairing: Krug, 2004 Vintage

Third Course: Lemon Mascarpone Tortellini, House-Made Ricotta, Fava Bean; Pairing: Krug, Rosé

Four Course: Duck Breast, Almond Pain Perdu, Cherry Jus; Pairing: Krug Grand Cuvée, 163 Edition

Dessert: Angel Food Cake, Berry Compote, Meyer Lemon

The price of the Krug Winemaker Dinner is $175.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Seating is extremely limited. For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

If you’re a Champagne lover, this is one dinner you will not want to miss.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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No family name is more closely associated with 20th century American art than Wyeth… N.C. (Newell Convers), Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth spark immediate recognition. On the other hand, Henriette Wyeth (1907- 1997) – daughter, sister, and aunt, respectively – is less well known; but she is certainly no less remarkable.

Magical & Real, co-organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum and the Roswell Museum and Arts Center, Roswell, New Mexico, is a major retrospective that examines Henriette (pronounced, as her father insisted, “the French way: on-ri-ETTE.”) Wyeth’s career with paintings dating from the 1920s to the 1970s; it also explores the career of her husband, Peter Hurd (1904-1984). The exhibition, which features over 100 paintings, most of which have been in private collections since they were created and thus have not been viewed in in public before, is the first joint retrospective of Wyeth and Hurd’s work since 1967 and the first scholarly exhibition to seriously consider the work of either artist in thirty years. Above all, Magical & Real will introduce visitors to the major artistic accomplishments of the woman of whom her brother, Andrew Wyeth, remarked in a 1980 interview: “She is the best painter of us all.”

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Henriette contracted polio at age 3, which altered her health and the use of her right hand. As a result, she learned to draw with her left hand and paint with her right. At the age of 11, she began formal art lessons with her father, immersing herself in charcoal studies and geometric shapes. A child prodigy, at the age of 13, she was enrolled in the Normal Arts School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1921, she entered the Boston Museum of Art Academy; and two years later began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Although acclaimed for her striking portraitures of adults and children – the official White House portrait of First Lady Pat Nixon being her most widely known work – I found her still lifes and floral landscapes marvelously intriguing; this is especially true of her meticulously conceived and executed Music Box, noted above.

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Her early Fantasies, on the other hand – particularly Drowned Girl, Death and the Child, and Farewell to Youth, though beautifully executed, are not only haunting… they’re downright scary. Of course, her marriage to Peter Hurd in 1929, and her subsequent move to New Mexico in 1940, had a profound effect on her artistic perspective. Once settled permanently into her new home near Roswell, she was, apparently, ready to let go of the fantasies, which she described as “a retreat into a kind of world that was, perhaps, not very wholesome.” However, when she was told of her father’s tragic death on October 19, 1945 – hit by a train while in a car with his 3-year-old grandson – she immediately began to paint Iris, almost as a form of therapy. Incredibly realistic, at first glance the painting is just flowers… but, looking more closely, it seems to possess the very same ecstatic other-worldly aura as those disquieting fantasies.

 

Hurd, Peter - Self PortraitPeter Hurd (self-portrait), a native of Roswell, New Mexico, attended West Point and Haverford College and later studied with N.C. Wyeth in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. It was during this period that he met Henriette, whom he later married. Throughout most of his career, he was the better-known artist, both for his depictions of the impressive vistas and rolling hills of the Southwest and for cover portraits and other works he did for Time, Life, and other magazines. In addition to portraits and landscapes, during World War II, Life magazine sent Hurd all over the world as a combat correspondent with the US Air Force. He covered almost all the battle fronts, creating hundreds of war sketches.  Hurd also painted the official portraits of two heads of state, President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Saudi King Faisal. LBJ famously rejected the 1967 Hurd portrait, for reasons unknown. The painting is now part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution.

Interestingly enough, it was Hurd who had a significant artistic influence upon N.C. and Andrew Wyeth’s technique, introducing them to tempera, which became Andrew’s medium of choice. (Tempera, also known as egg tempera, is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, usually glutinous material such as egg yolk.)

Hurd, Peter - El MochoMagical & Real is organized as one show following another: first Wyeth, and then (as one art critic noted), “somewhat less interestingly, Hurd.” And, I must confess, after Wyeth’s striking portraits, fantasies, and still lifes, Hurd’s landscapes and military/combat scenes seemed something of a letdown…

Hurd, Peter - Eve of Saint John… Not so his portraits, however.  Many of Peter Hurd’s most interesting subjects were his neighbors, family and friends, people deeply connected to the land… and he always portrayed them against the background of the southwestern hills and sky. Hurd once wrote: “… the ones I like best to paint are those whose lives are spent under the sky: Men whose clothing, skin and eyes are all conditioned by the wind.” Of particular note is his portrait of a ranch hand, El Mocho (pictured above), on loan from the Chicago Institute of Art, filled with a slightly menacing coiled energy. But his most striking work, in my opinion, is his Eve of Saint John, depicting Dorothea Herrera, daughter of Hurd’s foreman at his Sentinel Ranch, bathed in the soft light of the candle she carries on June 23rd, the eve of the celebration of the birth of John the Baptist.

Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective, which opened on January 21st, will be on view through Sunday, May 6, 2018.

And if you’re searching for a suitable restaurant in the area, I highly recommend Ristorante Il Melograno, a charming BYOB conveniently located just a little over a mile from the Michener Museum.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Kentucky Bourbon DinnerOn Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a special dinner paired with the best bourbon the state of Kentucky has to offer…

First Course: Local Fluke, Grapefruit Segments, honeycomb, Torn Mint; Bourbon Pairing: Cask Strength Old Forester “Jackie Smash” Cocktail

Second Course: Foie Gras, “Pecan Pie” Toffee Sauce, Whiskey Shortbread, Pecans; Bourbon Pairing: Russell’s Reserve 10-Year Single Barrel

Third Course: Grilled Pork Chop, Stone Fruit, Bitter Greens, Balsamic Reduction; Bourbon Pairings: Old Bartons 1792 Single Barrel… Old Bartons 1792 Cask Strength

Fourth Course: Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream “Cake” with Pecan Oat Crumble and Brown Butter Bourbon Sauce; Bourbon Pairing: Four Roses Nicholas Barrel Reserve, Cask Strength

The cost of the Kentucky bourbon trail dinner is $95.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity).

This is a ticketed event and space is limited. Telephone reservations only. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Pluckemin Inn - Groth Wine DinnerOn Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., the Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster, New Jersey, will host a special wine dinner featuring the extraordinary vintages of the Groth Winery of California’s Napa Valley…

Amuse: Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Fava Beans, Pickled Mustard, Beet Vinaigrette; Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc 2017

First Course: Red Snapper, Radish, Fennel, Mushroom Broth, Watercress; Wine Pairing: Chardonnay, Hillview Vineyard 2016

Second Course: Pappardelle, Lamb Ragu, Broccoli Rabe, Castelvetrano, Pecorino; Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014

Third Course: Grilled Short Rib, Asparagus, Black Truffle, Ramps, Treviso; Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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Valrhona Chocolate Pot de Crème: Cocoa Nib Streusel, Mascarpone Ice Cream, Macerated Strawberries

The cost of the Groth wine dinner is $125.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 658-9292.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Harvest Radnor - InteriorOn Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, 555 East Lancaster Avenue, Radnor, Pennsylvania, will host a special Pinot Noir wine dinner.

The menu and wine pairings are noted immediately below…

First Course: Almond-Crusted Baked Camembert; Wine Pairings: Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards, “Whole Cluster,” Willamette Valley, Oregon

Second Course: Apricot-Barbecued Duck Breast: Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Erath Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Third Course: Harissa-Rubbed Lamb Loin; Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Cline Cellars, Sonoma Coast, California

Fourth Course: Mango-Rhubarb Corn Cake; Wine Pairing: Rosé, Pinot Noir, Acrobat, Oregon

The cost of the Pinot Noir wine dinner is $75.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make a reservation, please call Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in Radnor, (484) 584-4975.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Pluckemin Inn ExteriorThis coming Friday, April 6, 2018, the Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster, New Jersey, will celebrate spring with a season-welcoming menu created by Executive Chef Kevin LaFemina. Chef LaFemina has created a menu featuring the flavors and tastes of early spring, inspired by the season and fresh local ingredients. The restaurant’s wine experts have paired the menu with some of their favorite wines to complement each course and embody the spirit of spring…

Amuse – Peekytoe Crab Salad: Pickled Ramps, Citrus; Wine Pairing: Jean Perrier Vin de Savoie Abymes Gastronomie 2017

First Course – Spring Vegetable Salad: Ham, Egg, Pistachio, Ricotta; Wine Pairing: Chateau de Bonnezeaux La Montagne Cuvee Salve Regina 2016

Second Course – Ricotta Gnocchi: Ramps, Fava Beans, Morels, Taleggio; Wine Pairing: Fleurie l”Alchimiste Anne Sophie Dubois 2016

Third Course – Rabbit: Pancetta, Polenta, Broccoli Rabe, Pearl Onion; Wine Pairing: Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 2014

Dessert – Pavolva: Rhubarb, Lemon Cream, Madeline Sponge, Honey Ginger Ice Cream; Wine Pairing: Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups (Jacky Blot), Montlouis-sur-Loire Moelleux 2015

The price of the Welcome Spring dinner is $125.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (908) 658-9292.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Spring Wine TastingOn Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a special wine tasting featuring a variety of wines especially suited to the warmer spring weather. A selection of hors d’oeuvres will complement the tasting.

 

The wines to be tasted are noted below…

Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Vigne Sparse 2017

Domaine Corsin Saint Veran Vieilles Vignes 2015

Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne 2016

Weingut Ratzenberger Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Bacharacher 2016

Domaine de la Citadelle Cotes du Luberon Rosé Le Chataignier 2017

Domaine Giles Gelin Fleurie 2015

Better Half Pinot Noir

Siduri Pinot Noir

Vina Burgunda Rioja Crianza 2014

Domaine du Colibri Cotes du Ventoux Le Petit Tour 2016

Chateau Roque le Mayne Cotes de Castillon 2015

Maurizio Lambardi Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Domaine Saint Amant Beaumes de Venise Rouge Grangeneuve 2015

Sueno Profundo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

 

Fifty dollars of the $75.00 tasting fee will be put toward the first wine purchase.

This is a ticketed event. Phone reservations only will be accepted. For more information, or to reserve your place, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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