If you love the feisty, difficult, rebellious, beautiful, seductive, sultry Burgundian grape that has made wine makers weep in both joy and sorrow, pay attention as there are some great opportunities to enjoy a glass of Pinot in the coming weeks.
Earlier this week Andrew Chalk noted the wine dinner next Wednesday night, April 25, at Abacus with owner/winemaker Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars, pairing his wines with produce from Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef’s Garden. I want to add a bit to the notes on this dinner as it really isn’t one to be missed. The first time I tried Mac’s wine was at a similar dinner thrown by Kent Rathbun pairing Mac’s single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from Russian River, Marin County and Santa Lucia Highlands with his Southwest inspired cuisine, and at first sip I knew I had found a friend. Not only are Vision Cellars wines interesting, layered and distinct with character and personality, the passion, joy and humor within Mac McDonald is contagious. I am honored to call Mac and his lovely wife, Lil, friends and know with one taste of his wine shake of his hand you will feel the same way, especially when paired with fresh from the garden produce from The Chef’s Garden. There is nothing about Rosemary Roasted Niman Ranch Pork Loin, Roasted Baby Cauliflower Wilted Root and Tropical Spinach, Mustard Cream paired with Vision Cellars Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Rosella’s Vineyard 2008 that doesn’t sound inviting. The dinner starts at 6:30 at Abacus, reservations required -214-520-0151
Can’t make a 6:30 dinner but would love to enjoy a stellar Pinot Noir over dinner on the 25th, this one from slightly north of California? Consider sipping one of the best from Willamette Valley at The Grape’s monthly “come as you are” wine dinner with Oregon’s Anne Amie Vineyards with reservations available anytime between 5:30pm and 9pm. Anne Amie was started in early 2000 when Dr. William Pamplin purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery with the goal to make the highest quality, most varietally correct and regionally representative Pinot Noir. Anne Amie crafts Old World style wines with balance, approachability and elegance now, but also with the ability to age several years into the future. These will be paired with Chef Brian Luscher’s delicious cuisine in the Grape’s welcoming and always cozy setting. Reservations required – 214-828-1981.
Add May 1 to your calendar as the must attend tasting event for any Pinot Noir lover as Sigel’s holds their Benchmark Pinot Noir tasting at The Park Cities Club. This is the second year in a row Sigel’s has presented this Pinot Noir tasting event and this one is guaranteed to be as good, if not better, than last as this year will include 40 different Pinot Noir wines from France, California, Oregon and New Zealand. An array of tasty bites will be paired with impressive selections from Miner, Patz & Hall, Brewer Clifton, August Briggs, Steele, Bertrand Ambroise, Jadot and many more. Reservations required -214-350-1271.