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Wine Dinner Wednesday

winedinner-150x150This week’s selection of wine and beer dinners includes The Libertine Bar, Hector’s On Henderson, Maguire’s, Nana, Victory Tavern Grille, Dali WIne Bar, Sigel’s, Abacus, and Hibiscus.

July 29, 2009
The Libertine Bar

Boulevard Beer Dinner
This Wednesday starting at 7pm.  Tickets are $50 per person and
include a five-course meal paired with exotic beers that will delight
and entertain.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please
call 214 824 7900.  See you at The Libertine!
BOULEVARD BEER DINNER
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Crispy Salmon Croquette with Spicy Remoulade Sauce
Paired with Boulevard Pale Ale a smooth, well-balanced beer.  A
variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while
liberal use of whole hops adds zest and aroma, while bringing the
earthy and fruity bitterness Pale Ale fans love.
Starting gravity:  12.2 Pluto ABV:  5.4%
House Smoked Sausage, Tomato, and Mushroom Soup
Paired with Boulevard Saison. Hints of lemon zest appear in the
lightly acidic aroma, while the flavor brings spicy tastes of black
pepper and lemon grass.  Citrus and pineapple notes are discernable in
the slightly astringent finish.
Starting gravity:  14 Pluto  ABV:  6.2%
Hearts of Romaine Salad with Red Onion and Asiago Cheese
Paired with Boulevard Two Jokers Double Wit.  Big, flavorful, and
spiced with cardamom, lavender, and grains of paradise, Two Jokers has
a refreshing tartness, nicely balanced by a well-rounded malt bill
graced by notes of caramel, with aroma hints of banana and clove.
Starting gravity: 17.5 Pluto  ABV:  8%
Roasted Pork Loin with Boulevard Pale Ale Mustard Crust and Balsamic-
Braised Red Cabbage Topped with Sweet Potato Frites
Paired with Double Wide IPA.  Zeus and Magnum hops for both bittering
and aroma, and ahtanum hops solely for aroma are the foundations of
this intensely hop-forward beer.  Assertive flavors bursts forth with
citrus notes of blood orange and lemon and a caramel malt backbone
serves to balance the intensity of the hops.
Starting gravity:  19 Pluto  ABV:  8.5%
Raspberry Panna Cotta
Paired with Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadrupel.  A devilishly strong ale,
the Sixth Glass is dark auburn in color, with a creamy tan head.
Fruity aromas of date and fig precede flavors of prune, raisin, and
subtle hints of chocolate.  This malty, full-bodied beer finishes with
a warming Madeira essence that begs for another taste.
Starting gravity:  21 Pluto  ABV:  10.5%
The Libertine Bar
2101 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX  75206
214-824-7900
www.libertinebar.com


July 29, 2009
Hector’s On Henderson

Chris Chapman is pouring wines this Wednesday, July 29, 2009, from 5 PM to 7:30 PM, during our popular wine Happy Hour. Featuring wines from our list and chosen by Chris, each glass of wine costs only $6.00.

This week’s wines are:

Whites:
Macpherson Viognier 2008, Texas
Schmitges Rivaner 2008, Mosel
Gimenez Riili Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Mendoza
Nieto Reserva Chardonnay 2008, Argentina
Reds:
Tolosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Paso Robles
Bodegas Fontana Tempranillo 2004, Rioja
Arbanta Tempranillo 2007, Rioja
Argiolas Costera Rosso Cannonau 2007, Australia

I will provide complimentary passed appetizers for the bar patrons participating in the event.
Stay for dinner after the Happy Hour and you can avail yourself of the Two for Twenty Menu, a two-course, $20 meal (with choices, including vegetarian). There is no better deal. Of course, the entire regular menu, featuring our new Light Plates entree section, is also available.

Enjoy the music of John Freeman, jazz piano and vocals, from 7 PM to 10 PM. John entertains every Wednesday and is extraordinary.

To RSVP, call 214-821-0432 or send an email to:
info@hectorsonhenderson.com (or just drop in!).

July 30
Maguire’s Restaurant

What:                   MAGUIRE’S Restaurant is holding a VIP wine event on Thursday, July 30 featuring guest speakers Jack Harvey and Kristin Hamlin of Rodney Strong Vineyards.  The dinner will consist of a five-course banquet-style dinner, paired with five wine selections from Rodney Strong Vineyards.  Guests can enjoy a Stone Crab Short Stack, Baby Arugula Salad, Portabella Carpaccio, Filet Rivera and Two Layer Pavova, all for $69 a person.  Reservations are required.

When:                 Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

Tickets:                $69 per person plus tax and gratuity

Where:                MAGUIRE’S Restaurant, located at 17552 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75287.  To make a reservation, please call (972) 818-0068.  Valet is complimentary.

About:                  Our goal at MAGUIRE’S is to create a restaurant that is both unique and inviting, with an imaginative yet moderately priced menu that draws adventurous diners without intimidating those with more traditional tastes, and assemble the very best culinary and service team to provide an indelible dining memory.

August
Nana

Nana, serving upscale American cuisine on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole Hotel, hosts next month’s Friday Night Flight on August 7th between 6pm – 8pm featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed winery.  The event features three samplings of food created by Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci paired with three distinctive Chateau Ste. Michelle Rieslings for only $20. Seats are limited, and reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470.  Visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details.  Friday Night Flights is available the first Friday of every month.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is perhaps best known as the leading North American Riesling producer.  The winery has championed Riesling for more than 40 years, and was one of the first to plant Riesling in Washington state. Ste. Michelle catapulted into the national spotlight when the 1972 Johannesburg Riesling won the now-famous Riesling blind tasting sponsored by the Los Angeles Times in 1974. Today, Chateau Ste. Michelle offers up to eight different Rieslings, each showcasing the versatility of Riesling and the regional styles within Washington’s Columbia Valley, which produces more Riesling than any other American wine region.

August Friday Night Flights Menu

Grilled Tepid Sea Scallop with Vinaigrette
2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Colombia Valley Dry Riesling

Pork Belly with Papas Arrugadas and Mojo Picón
2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Colombia Valley Riesling

Marcona-Apricot Granola and Greek Yogurt
2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Snoqualmie Winemaker’s Select Riesling

August 6
Victory Tavern City Grille

Experience Flying Dog Brewery’s Unique Beers
Paired with an Unforgettable Dinner
Thursday, August 6th, 2009 – 6:30pm
$45 per guest
Victory Tavern City Grille is hosting a Four Course Dinner paired with the excellent beers of Flying Dog Brewery. Rich Graham, Vice President of Sales for Flying Dog, will be on hand to guide you through this unique dining experience and answer your questions about Flying Dog’s award-winning beers.
Victory Tavern City Grille has a hip, urban atmosphere and a lively menu of seasonally inspired dishes reflective of Chef Jim Oetting’s experience and sense of quality ingredients. The very reasonably priced offerings are unique to Victory Park, without compromising polished and friendly service.
Flying Dog Brewery makes a variety of ales — a litter of 10 or so, actually — that are distributed throughout the US and in Canada. Flying Dog originally opening in 1990 as a brewpub in Aspen, Colorado. In 1991, Flying Dog’s “Doggie Style” was bottled and won the “The Best Pale Ale in America” award at the Great American Beer Festival. The reputation of Flying Dog beers grew quickly, and demand soon exceeded the brewpub’s capacity. The beer is now brewed in Fredrick, Maryland and production capacity is 50,000 barrels per year. Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale is a multi-award winning product and is consistently ranked as one of the best pale ales in the U.S. At this year’s Great American Beer Festival, Flying Dog once again claimed its spot among the elite breweries, taking home two medals. Dogtoberfest won Gold for German-Style Märzen and Old Scratch furthered its legacy as one of the best beers on the planet by winning Silver for American-Style Amber Lager. This raises Old Scratch’s tally to 4 GABF medals and 2 World Beer Cup medals in the past 5 years. Few (if any) beers can claim that kind of supremacy!
1st Course
Grilled Peach & Endive Salad with Brie Toast & Cumin Honey
Kerberos Tripel
2nd Course
Chicken & Chorizo Empanada with Raisins & Green Olives
Double Dog Double Pale Ale
3rd Course
Ancho BBQ Glazed Meatloaf with Aged Cheddar Mash
& Organic Shiitake Mushrooms
Old Scratch Amber Lager
Dessert
Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake with Gonzo Imperial Porter Ganache
Gonzo Imperial Porter
Reservations Now Being Accepted
victorytavern.com

2501 N. Houston St., Dallas
214/432-1900

August 9

Dali Wine Bar

Sunday, August 9, 2009 – Chef’s Wine Table Dinner Featuring Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Four-course menu off of the Dali a-la-carte dinner selection and featuring top-end White & Red Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines.
$60 per person plus tax & gratuity. The Chef’s Table is an on-going Dali food & wine series that focuses on one wine varietal wherein each guest is encouraged to bring “their best bottle”–and shared with everyone at the table. Self parking available only.
7:00-9:30pm and limited to 10-special guests only.  Reservations are available at 469-385-9360 on a “first call-first reserved seating” for this popular series–and sold-out on each past event.

WEEKLY DALI EVENTS:
Sunday’s—BYOB Wine Night–guests are encouraged to bring in their favorite bottle of wine without a corkage fee.
Monday’s—Half Priced Wines by the Glass Night–savor Dallas’ best selection of eclectic wine by the glass at half off pricing.
Tuesday’s–New Release Night–taste Dali’s latest hand-picked wine selections of cult status by the glass–or flight of five wines/$15
–All events are from 5-7:00pm
–Tax & gratuity additional
–Complimentary valet parking until 6:00pm sharp–Mon-Fri.
–www.dailwinebar.com for future events and details
–469-385-9360 FOR RESERVATIONS
–1722 Routh St, One Arts Plaza, Arts District, 75201

For further info, contact Paul Pinnell at paulpinnell@sbcglobal.net.

August 5th

Sigel’s-Addison

Baton Wine Tasting featuring Bill Vyenielo, owner

Sigel’s-Addison  Wednesday, August 5th  5-7pm

“This is the personal winemaking project of Bill Vyenielo, who was the brilliant vineyard manager at Peter Michael for many years, and now works alongside David Abreu for Leslie Rudd’s Rudd Estate in Oakville. These first releases are very impressive.” Robert Parker
Bill is a Sonoma County native, raised in the country outside of Petaluma. Upon graduation from UC Davis Bill was recruited by Jay Corley to help run Monticello Cellars’ vineyards and wineries.  After a sabbatical to earn an MBA, Bill became General Manager at Peter Michael Winery near Calistoga.  At the time, it was a small, unknown startup.  Over the next 14 years, Bill helped develop Peter Michael Winery into one of the most respected luxury winery and vineyard estates in the United States.  In 2006, Bill and his wife Cathy set out to start Baton Wines.  Returning to the land he knows, Bill’s experience and intimate knowledge of the landscape, soil types, microclimates, fog and wind patterns in his native Sonoma County have proven invaluable in identifying vineyard sites that produce the highest quality grapes.

Join us at Sigel’s-Addison on Wednesday August 5th from 5-7pm as we welcome Bill Vyenielo, owner of Baton Wines, for a tasting of his current releases. Building upon the lessons learned at Peter Michael, he has quickly established himself as a master of these Burgundian varietals. To put the quality of these varietals in context we will also be tasting a number of other varietals from a bevy of California’s top wine estates.

August 11
Abacus

ABACUS HOSTS A WINE DINNER WITH KENT RATHBUN’S CULINARY CREATIONS ALONGSIDE BRAVANTE’S WORLD CLASS WINES

What:              Executive Chef Kent Rathbun presents a dinner of delectable dishes with special guest George Bravante and the luscious aromas of Bravante wines.  Join us at Abacus for a fabulous four-course meal alongside world class wines from the historic Howell Mountains.  The evening’s featured menu items and wine pairings include:
•          Salmon with Lemon Mascarpone Crostini and Pimenton Seared Buffalo with Red Onion Balsamic Marmalade and Manchego Cheese; Big Daddy Martini
•         Ginger-Peach Glazed Snapper with Chunka Noodles, Crispy Shiitakes and Red Plum  Broth; Bravante, Sauvignon Blanc 2007
•         Smoked Mushroom-Leek Tart with Seared Foie Gras Cream; Bravante, Merlot, Howell Mountain 2006
•         Roasted Eye of Ribeye with Balsamic-Cipollini Glaze and Crispy Polenta;
Bravante, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2005; Bravante, Simpatico, Howell Mountain, Limited Release 2004
•         Bing Cherry-Pink Peppercorn Crisp with Caramelized Almond-Vanilla Ice Cream;
Bravante, Trio Bordeaux Blend, Howell Mountain 2006

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.

Bravante vineyards one goal when crafting their world-class wines is commitment.  Located in the Howell Mountains in Napa Valley, Bravante wines focuses on “quality over quantity” to preserve their Howell Mountain territory.  Crafting well-made, perfectly balanced wines, Bravante provides the tastes of what the Howell Mountain fruit has to offer.  Bravante wines have received much recognition including: 2008 Top 100 Wines of the Year, 2007 Estate Winery Of The Year, 2006 Howell Mountain Trio, 93 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points: Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Top 100 Wines of the Year, 2004 Howell Mountain Limited Edition Simpatico, 90 points Wine & Spirits

When:              August 11, 2009
6:30 PM

Cost:                $100 plus tax and 20% gratuity per person

Reservations:   Reservations are required by contacting Donna Tanner 469-867-3681

Where:            Abacus
4511 Mckinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
www.kentrathbun.com

August 14
HIBISCUS

Presents:
An Evening with Heidi Barrett
La Sirena
August 14th, 2009
$200 per person
(tax & gratuity included)

First Course
Halibut & Rock Shrimp Ceviche
Avocado-Jalapeño Puree
House Fired White Corn Chips
Moscato Azul 2007

Second Course
Texas Wild Boar Ragout
Wild Mushrooms & Figs
Toasted Brioche
Syrah 2005 Santa Ynez Valley

Third Course
Pressed Bobwhite Quail
Peppery Arugula
Mustarda
Syrah 2005 ‘Barrett Vineyard’ Napa Valley

Fourth Course
Braised Short Rib
Buttermilk Reggiano Mashed
Cabernet-Ginger Sauce
Cabernet 2005 Napa

Fifth Course
Chocolate Brulee
Bing Cherry Compote
Syrah 2005 Napa

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