Hello Red Table Family,
Happy Wine Wednesday. As I mentioned in my last blog, we have been enjoying the “perks” of the job and tasting new wines to add to our boutique vineyard list. We’re very excited to share some of our choices with you all, starting with Vega Moragona’s Tempranillo, one of my favorites from Ribera del Jucar, Spain.
Ribera Del Jucar is the youngest DO (wine from a controlled-quality wine region) in Spain. Although this region has been producing wine for centuries, the DO status was officially acquired in 2003. This unique Mediterranean influenced climate has a higher annual rainfall and vines are planted in soils that are pebbly, limestone and sandstone dominant. This provides great drainage for the vines roots. Tempranillo (locally known as Cencibel) grown in this climate are aromatic with pronounced elegant flavors. This 2010 Tempranillo from Vega Moragona has a clean, medium purple-red appearance, dry, with a nose and palate full of red and blue fruits such as, cherry, ripe strawberry, purple plums and stewed blueberries. There are hints of cedar, vanilla, mocha and dried floral notes of violet and rose. The tannins are soft and velvety with medium acidity and a touch of minerality. The Vega Moragona 2010 Tempranillo’s earthy, food-friendly fruit flavors go great with smokey meats such as lamb, pork and sausage.
The past couple of weeks we have been serving our trust me burger which is the ground lamb burger. I love Tempranillo paired with lamb! Chef Pumba has done this burger simply and full of flavor! It is served on a soft bun, with sliced tomato, house made mint aioli, watercress, shaved onion and chili flakes. Also, on our specials board, we have our pork shank carnitas. It’s a bone in pork shank served with slow cooked beans that are topped with queso fresco, house made slaw and warm corn tortillas. It’s build your own taco, family style! This also goes very well with this wine. See you for lunch or dinner!
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Hello Red Table Family,
Happy Wine Wednesday. This week’s wine is inspired by our new Happy Hour! Of course every hour is happy here at Red Table, but we just made Monday thru Friday from 3-6 pm a little extra special for our Red Table families. I know many of you have already had the chance to partake in the new Happy Hour, but for those of you who have yet to indulge, you’re in for a culinary treat. We have new great priced small bite items to snack on, as well as a house red, a house white and all of our craft beers poured for just $6.00 a glass.
Our happy hour red wine we are pouring at the moment is Route 152 Pinot Noir 2012. The juice is made from estate vineyards from our California’s northern tip of the Central Coast (25 miles from Monterey Bay) and is 100% Pinot Noir. This wine has a clear, medium, ruby red with a light ruby rim appearance. Followed by a nose and palate of fresh red berries such as strawberry, raspberry, red plum and cherry with a finish of white pepper, vanilla, nutmeg and sweet tobacco earthiness. Because of the balanced, medium acidity with low, soft tannin, this wine goes well with many different foods. Which is why this is a great wine to be pouring for Happy Hour to pair with all the new small bites we have to offer!
My particular favorite is our chicken liver pate’. This goes amazing with Route 152 Pinot Noir, trust me, I know because it is my go to on off days! This new small bite item is served with toasted flatbread drizzled with herb oil, the pate topped with white truffle oil and a side of our cabernet reduction. This is the perfect snack to enjoy a glass of wine with, especially after a long work day for those of you who join us during Happy Hour to unwind! Not only is the Happy Hour new, I have also have been tasting some new wines with Andrew and Marshall with our great wine distributers, so stay tuned for some new exciting boutique wines we will be adding to our list! See you all soon! Cheers!
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Hello RT Families!
This weeks wine inspiration is based on all the of love and romance in the air for Valentine’s Day! At Red Table we have all been preparing for this occasion, by taking reservations, ordering new romantic bubbles and tasting Chef Pumba’s great new specials he has whipped up! I know many of you are celebrating with your loved ones here at Red Table, our reservation books are filled and we are very excited and grateful you have chosen to wine and dine with us!
The new fresh wine we brought in this week is a Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose‘ from Mendoza, Argentina. It is Antucura’s “Cherie”, they named this particular bubble by an inspiration of the romantic lyrics from the song “Cherie.” This winery is located in Viesta Flores which is found at the foothills of The Andes Mountains. The appearance of this wine is clear, pale “ballet shoe” pink, with trails of tiny bubbles. On the nose you get bright fresh red berries with a little bit of biscuit and toast. The flavor intensity is pronounced confirming fresh raspberry, strawberry, cherry, a hint of white floral blossoms and a touch of white pepper with yeast on the palate. This wine has medium balanced acidity, is dry, crisp and easy to drink with a long finish of dainty and delicate mousse. There is something about sharing bubbles and a great meal with your loved one that makes you feel romantic and intimate.
Two new specials that I highly recommend and am so excited about are our “Surf and Turf” and “Blackened Red Trout.” The “Surf and Turf” comes with Filet Mignon Medallions, Lobster Raviolis, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Cabernet Reduction and homemade Lobster Butter Proscuitto bits. As if that didn’t sound amazing enough, the Blackened Red Trout is served with Shrimp and Artichoke Heart Couscous, Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic, Tequila Butter, Parmesan Cheese and our Citrus Vinaigrette. So see you at Red Table while we crack open a bottle of Cherie and serve you our amazing new dishes! Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
“All you need is Love…”
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Hello RT Family,
I hope you’re having a great week and a great new year. I think that this is the perfect time to start a new juice diet! My favorite juicing diet that is…you know the one where we pour the juice and you don’t need a nutri bullet? This week’s juice is a red wine that we have been pouring at Red Table for quite some time. It’s Tinto Negros’ 2012 Malbec, from Mendoza, Argentina. I believe every good wine program should have a easy drinking, reasonably priced Malbec to offer by the glass/bottle, and we have just that.
Malbec is a grape that originally came from France and is now known for being one of the largest leading grape varietals produced in Mendoza, Argentina. The flavors from Malbec grown in Argentina are different from Malbec that comes from France. They are less tannic with intense fruit flavors and velvety, soft textures, which makes for a round fruit forward wine. TintoNegro (meaning black wine) Malbec comes from the high altitude from Uco Valley, located 30 miles south of Mendoza. The fruit from these higher elevations provides a cool climate, intense style of wine. The cooler nights help retain bright, natural acidity. The grapes for this wine have spent 9 months aging in French Oak.
This dry, young Malbec is deep purple with aromas and flavors that are filled with black fruits such as tart black cherry, blackberry, blueberry and plum. This wine is rustic and earthy with cocoa, espresso, floral notes of violet and finishes with a smoky minerality with a delicate black pepper softness. This wine goes well with grilled bar-b-que meats and charcuterie. I highly recommend pairing it with our Lamb Chile Rellenos. A Red Table favorite that is back on the specials menu. Poblano peppers are stuffed with rice and lamb and are served atop cilantro rice, creme fresh, queso fresco and paprika oil. So let us crack open a bottle of Malbec for your new fruit juice diet, Red Table style! See you there to Relax, Eat and Drink.
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Hello RT Family,
Happy Wine Wednesday. I hope everyone is enjoying the start of 2015! This week’s wine is from our “Red List!” The wines on this list are by the bottle only, but are so well worth the curiosity of purchasing. Trust me, would I steer you wrong? This week I recommend Red Table’s Chateau Meney, Grand Vin, Saint-Estephe 2009. This is a classic blend from Bordeaux, France. Saint-Estephe is an AOC (Appellation d’ Origine Controlee) on the left bank in the Bordeaux region in the Haut-Medoc sub-region. You can find high classified red wines with a great reputation in this appellation. Red blends in Bordeaux almost always consist of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and any of the other main red grape varietals grown in this region. This consists of Cabernet Franc, Malbec or Petite Verdot. This particular blend is 55% Cab, 30% Merlot and 15% Petite Verdot. This wine aged 16 to 18 months in French Oak Barrels, of which 30% to 40% were new. The soils where the vines are grown are Garonne Gravel and Clay Limestone. This particular vintage is great because of the high sunshine hours that helped ripen the grapes to create great concentration of aromas for this wine.
This wine is deep, ruby red with a purple tint. It has ripe, silky tannin and ripened black fruits like blackberry, plum, cassis, anise with smoky baking spice aromas which finishes with toasted vanilla oak and cedar. This tannin has had some time to soften with age, but definitely has potential for aging. I recommend decanting this wine in the beginning of your dining experience so it can open up and be perfect for sipping with your entree. We have many items on our menu that pair well with this wine. I recommend our Chimichurri Steak. This flat iron steak is served with charred green beans, roasted corn mash, and our house made chimichurri sauce. This week we also have our famous bacon wrapped meatloaf on our specials menu. It’s always nice to share entrees so you get a little bit of everything. See you at Red Table!
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Hello RT Families,
Happy Wine Wednesday! I hope everyone had a great holiday last week and that you are getting excited for the New Year! This “Wine Wednesday” blog is special because it will be the last one for 2014. With so many ways to celebrate the new year, there is always one consistent, BUBBLES! Let the champagne flow. Nothing screams celebrating like the elegance of the effervescent of sparkling wines. The Red Table has everything from champagne, prosecco, a sparkling rose’ and one of our favorites, Michel Olivier Cremant de Limoux. This sparkling wine from France will be featured tonight for our New Year’s celebration drink specials!
Michel Olivier’s Cremant is a straw colored sparkling wine made from a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, and 10% Pinot Noir. All grapes are hand-picked and the low yield of the select vines ensures that only the best quality is used. As you enjoy this elegant sparkling wine, you will notice citrus, floral and a biscuit finish with a fine, delicate mousse. This sparkling wine is ideal as an apertif, but of course you can drink it all night long at Red Table! As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the bubbles make this wine enjoyable with all foods or simply for enjoying on it’s own.
Although Michel Olivier is one of the favorites, we certainly don’t want to forget our Zonin Prosecco and if you want to splurge for the New Year, the well known Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve is phenomenal. Before you ring in the New Year come have your last meal of 2014 with us at Red Table! I highly recommend Chef Pumba’s Surf and Turf. This dish comes with filet medallions, shrimp scampi, crushed potatoes, cabernet reduction and a chardonnay cream sauce. We open at 4pm today, but if we don’t see you tonight be safe and we will see you next year. Here’s to a great 2015!
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Happy Wine Wednesday and Happy Holidays. I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. I know I have seen many of you celebrating here with us at Red Table, whether you had appetizers and drinks for pre-celebrations, or have had your actual celebration here, we want to thank you all for enjoying your cheer here. For those of you that started celebrating Hanukkah last night, the Festival of lights is the inspiration for this week’s wine report. My family celebrates the culture, food and traditions of Hanukkah, which also can be called the “Festival of Fried Food.”
While I was frying latkeslast night I was thinking of what would pair with all of the food we cook for these eight crazy nights! It’s not always easy pairing wine with fried food, but a sparkling wine is always a good choice due to its ability to cleanse the palate. Thanks to the bubbles! Still white wines can also pair well. Because the natural acidity, fruit and mineral notes make them a great match. One of the newest white wines that we have been pouring is Astrolabes’s Chenin Blanc 2012, from Marlborough, New Zealand.
Chenin Blanc is a white grape that originates in France. This grape has a good acidity level and naturally high sugar content. These attributes make this grape suitable for sparkling, sweet or dry wines. The Astrolabe Chenin Blanc comes from the Southern Valleys of Marlborough, New Zealand, from Wreckin Vineyards.
This pale white (with hints of gold flecks) has a hint of crisp green and has spent a small amount of time in French oak barrels. It has also undergone the stirring of lees which provides a textural roundness to the wine. The aromas of this wine are green apple, lemon, honeysuckle, with peach, melon and a hint of vanilla from the oak. The palate is medium bodied confirming the nose of apple, lemon, peach, melon and it has a long mineralality finish. The honey flavor and the acidity you get from the palate help balance delicious holiday fried food like latkes. This wine goes well with poultry and seafood as well.
One of Chef Pumba’s newest menu items is Fish and Chips. This delicious white fish pairs perfectly with Astrolabe’s Chenin Blanc. The fish is lightly battered, fried, and served with a side of yukon gold wedge potatoes that have been drizzled with white truffle oil. We are down to seven crazy nights now, so come in before I have something even newer to recommend.
Cheers! Chag Sameach!
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