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Wine Dinner Wednesday

Special wine dinners announced this week include Morton’s, Abacus, Charlie Palmer, Tramonta, Toulouse, Bolla, and DeVine Cellars. Late addition from Dali.

Monday, May 11


What: Abacus and Au Bon Climat Winery join forces to present a food and wine combination that will satisfy every palate.  Executive Chef and Owner Kent Rathbun, alongside good friend and guest host Jim Clendenen, have created a four-course menu complemented by the delightful varietals of Au Bon Climat Winery. Clendenen, chief winemaker and guest host, will delight guests with premium wines from Santa Maria Valley as Chef Kent Rathbun whips up another innovative dining experience inspired by one of his favorite wineries:
Copper River Salmon Carpaccio with Paula’s Cottage Cheese and Hawaiian Sea Salt; Cajun Grilled Rabbit Sausage Crostini with Roasted Tomato Marmalade, Skin and Bones, Riesling 2006
Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Celery Root Puree and Foie Gras Cream, Au Bon Climat, Chardonnay, Nuits Blanches 2003
Porcini-Spring Ramp Tart with Molasses Glazed Pork Belly and Black Truffle Butter, Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2007
Roasted Squab with Artichoke Risotto and Sweet Corn Sabayon, Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, La Bauge 2006
Tea Smoked Wagyu Tri-Tip with Crispy Noodle Cake, Fermented Black Bean Sauce, and Green Mango-Yuzu Salad, Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Talley Vineyard 2006
Blackberry Brown Butter Tart with Fresh Peach-White Balsamic Puree and Creme Fraiche, One Hand Clapping, Late Harvest, Pinot Blanc 2005
Who: Since Abacus opened 1999, the fine dining establishment has received numerous accolades and has been catapulted into the local, regional and national spotlight with industry recognition coming from Mobile Four-Stars, AAA Four Diamonds, DiRONA, Five Star rating from the Dallas Morning News and “Most Popular Restaurant in Dallas” rating by Zagat Survey in 2007 and 2008. Abacus has been featured in publications such as Elle, Southern Living, Veranda, Texas Monthly, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire Magazine, Rosie Magazine and Wine Spectator.

By obtaining fruit from two of the most highly regarded vineyards along the central coast of California, the winery of Au Bon Climat has been producing internationally recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc varietals since its founding in 1982. The winery is located on the world famous Bien Nacido Vineyard and was listed on Robert Parker’s “Best Wineries of the World” list in 1989 and 1990. Owner Clendenen has been recognized as “Winemaker of the Year” in 1992 by the Los Angeles Times, and again in 2001 by Food and Wine Magazine.

When:             Monday, May 11, 2009
6:30 p.m.

Cost:               $125 including tax and gratuity per person

Reservations: Reservations are required. Contact Donna Tanner at (469) 867-3681


May 12th

Dali Wine Bar


Please join us as Yangarra winemaker Peter Fraser features Australia’s finest wines from the McLaren Vale region.

Five-Course dinner paired with Yangarra Rousanne, Chardonnay,

Viognier, Shiraz, Old Vine Grenache and Cadenzia GSM.

6:30 Reception – 7:00 Dinner

$75 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity

Joel Harloff Executive Chef, Paul Pinnell Proprietor


Friday, May 15
Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Dallas explores Argentina’s famous Malbec varietal with “Greetings from Argentina: Malbec Tasting” on Friday May 15, 2009 From 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Cost to attend is $50 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.  For reservations, call 214-741-2277

Malbec is a medium to full-bodied red wine with ripe fruit flavors of plum and blackberry with earthy characteristics.  Highlighted at the Morton’s event are select wines from 2006 through 2008 from the Mendoza and the Cafayate Valley in Argentina, including Trapiche, Torrontes (2008); Trapiche, “Oak Cask” (2007); Michel Torino, “Don David” (2006); Broquel (2006); and Trapiche, “Adriana Venturin” (2006).

The wines are paired with Morton’s signature hors d’oeuvres, including cheeses, broiled sea scallops with apricot chutney, sliced tenderloin with a Chimichurri sauce and Morton’s miniature Legendary Hot Chocolate Cakes.

Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 501 Elm Street Dallas Texas 75202.  Dinner is served Monday through Thurs 5:30pm to 10pm from Friday and Saturday 5:30pm to 11:00pm and Sunday from 5pm to 10:00pm.  For more information or to make reservations, call 214-741-2277 or visit

Monday, May 18

A Trip Along the Loire
Wine Dinner
Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.
First Course
Crotin de Chavignol Chaud et Salade,
Warm Goat Cheese Salad, Mesclun Greens & Olive Bread
Asparagus Flan, Beurre Noisette, Lardon & Citrus Breadcrumbs
Chateau de la Sancerre 2007

Second Course
Atlantic Salmon, Beurre Blanc & Du Puys Lentils
Rabbit Blanquette, Spring Onions, Mushrooms & Peas
Michel Redde Pouilly Fume 2005

Third Course
Strawberry- Rhubarb Tart with a Nantais Cookie Crust
Chateau Moncontour Vouvray, Demi-sec 2006

Food & Wine Pairings designed by Chef Yoann Lardeux

3314 Knox Street

Wednesday, May 20

Chef James Neel is excited  to announce Tramontana’s “Green” Wine Dinner on Wednesday, May 20th featuring Cline Cellars and among others, their single vineyard Bridgehead Zinfandel.  For $50 including wine, come and enjoy an evening of great food and wine and taste the difference that natural and sustainable practices can have on a meal.  Advantage wine representative Bill Rich will talk about the wines and what Cline Cellars is doing to lesson their carbon footprint in the world. Below is the menu for the evening.
Call 214/368-4188 for reservations.
Tramontana’s “Green” Wine Dinner
Featuring the wines ofCalifornia’s “Certified Green String” Cline Cellars
Wednesday May 20, 2009
$50 per person
7:00 Reception
7:30 Dinner
Olive Tapenade Foccacia
Local Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Gougeres
Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Texas Gulf Blue Crab “Ceviche”
Smoked Pork Loin w/ Creamy Grits- Blackcurrant & Balsamic Reduction
72 Hour Slow Cooked Beef Shortribs w/ Zinfandel & Star Anise Glacé – Truffled Frites
Bittersweet Chocolate “Bark”


Wednesday, May 20th
Charlie Palmer at The Joule

Presents Wine Dinner featuring Qupé and Verdad Wines on May 20th

Acclaimed restaurant, Charlie Palmer at The Joule, along with Next Vintage wine shop, will present an exclusive picnic-style wine dinner featuring wines from both Qupé Wine Cellars and Verdad on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.   Dinner will be served on the restaurant’s scenic patio (weather permitting).

Located on the Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Maria, California, Qupé Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing handcrafted Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast.   Employing traditional winemaking techniques, Qupé produces wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources – all while maintaining an impeccable balance.  Because of this, the wines can be enjoyed in their youth, as well as after ageing.

Verdad produces small amounts of delicious wines using Spanish grape varietals that also express the true flavors of the varietal – along with the unique territory in which they are grown.Hence, the Spanish phrase “es la verdad” – meaning “that’s the truth,” – which served as inspiration in the brand’s naming.  Verdad is the only winery in California devoted solely to Spanish varietals.

Both wineries not only share a love of wines and their craft.   Qupé Wine Cellars’ owner/winemaker, Bob Lindquist, and Verdad creator, Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, are husband and wife.

This special five-course dinner menu will couple selections from both wineries with Executive Chef Scott Romano’s progressive American Cuisine, which has been consistently named to several of Dallas’ “best of” lists.   The evening’s menu offerings are:
- Passed hors d oeuvres -

watermelon and strawberry mignonette

rhubarb marmalade / brioche
Verdad, Rose, 2007
- Amuse -

shaved fennel / arugula / pecerino / brioche crotons
Verdad, Albarino, 2008

- Appetizer -

lobster and meyer lemon ravioli / brown butter hazelnuts / orange glazed fava beans
Qupe, Marsanne, Santa Ynez Valley, 2007

- Entrée –

fig glazed ribs / cranberry and white pepper chutney / crisp pork belly
Qupe, Syrah, Bien Nacido Hillside, 2005

- Dessert -
citrus-yogurt sorbet
Qupe,Grenache, Purisima Mountain Vineyard, 06

The event will be held at Charlie Palmer at The Joule, which is located at 1530 Main Street in Downtown Dallas in The Joule, A Luxury Collection Hotel.  Tariff is $95 plus tax and gratuity per person.   Seating is limited.   For more information and reservations, please call:  214- 261-4600.

Thursday, May 21
Bolla at the Stoneleigh Hotel

Bolla at the Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa presents: An Evening with Erinn Benziger

Thursday May 21, 2009  7pm

Join Erinn Benziger and Chef David Bull for an unforgettable evening of Signaterra Wines paired with a four course menu.

Mozzarella Panna Cotta . Fritto Misto . Basil Seeds

Benziger Signaterra Shone Farm Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2008

Agnolotti . Robiola . Crisp Squash Blossom . Olio Verde

Benziger Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, 2007

Rack of Lamb . Cipollini Onions . Celery Root Puree . Espresso Rub

Benziger Signaterra Bella Luna Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007

Cannelloni . Beef Short Ribs . Ricotta . Sauce Bolognese

Benziger Signaterra Three Blocks Bordeaux Blend, 2006

Bolla “Tiramisu”. Chocolate Phyllo . Espresso Caramel . Marscarpone Gelato

Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Porto

$98 per person

For reservations, please call 469.375.5840

Caviar, Champagne and Wine Tasting
Saturday, May 16th
Full Details Attached

2516 Maple Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201  214-871-2516

G.W. Armstrong & Associates
3701 Turtle Creek, Suite 7J
Dallas, Texas  75219
Phone 214.521.7805
Fax 214.550.2618

May 27
DeVine Cellars

DeVine Cellars is hosting John Goodier and Tolosa Winery on Wednesday, May 27 for a Winemaker Dinner.  The dinner features four courses with wine pairing.  The cost of the dinner is $70 and begins at 7pm.  Limited space is available, but we are now taking reservations.  Please call us at 972.304.9463 with any questions or to make a reservation.  The menu is viewable below:
Tolosa Winemaker’s Dinner Featuring John Goodier
1st Course
Grilled Layered Peaches
With Goat Cheese and Sautéed Shrimp
Paired with: 2005 Edna Ranch Chardonnay

2nd Course
Carrot Bisque with Fennel Oil
Paired with: 2005 Edna Ranch Pinot Noir

3rd Course
Pan-Seared Duck Breast
With Cipollini Onion and Orange Marmalade
Paired with: 2005 Edna Ranch Syrah

4th Course
Wild Berry Crumbled Cobbler
With Cinnamon Strawberry Ice Cream
Paired with: 2008 Rose of Syrah

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