Fess Parker Winery Dinner at Max A Mia with Winery President Tim Snider

Fess-Parker-1Max A Mia is very pleased to welcome Tim Snider, 

President of Fess Parker Winery from Santa Barbara
For a wine dinner featuring the wines of Fess Parker Winery
and cuisine by Chef David Stickney.

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Monday May 4th
6:30 reception | 7:00pm seating

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Royal red shrimp toast, pompelmo glaze/
Sicilian pistachio crusted goat cheese, saba/
Polenta fritella, apple butter
Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County, 2011

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Mango wrapped Stonington sea scallop crudo “ravioli”,
Parsley-meyer lemon vinaigrette
Fess Parker Chardonnay Ashley’s, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

II
Oak grilled lamb scottadito, red carnaroli,
green tomato-cherry fresca
Fess Parker Pinot Noir Parker Station, Santa Barbara, 2013

III
Bracciole, swiss chard, bing cherries,
Heirloom polenta, toybox cherry tomato ragu
Fess Parker Pinot Noir Clone 115, Sta. Rita Hills, 2012

IV
Cato Corner cheeses, elderberry jam, grissini
Fess Parker Big Easy Red, Santa Barabara, 2010

$89 per person
not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max A Mia for reservations
860-677-6299
70 East Main Street Avon, CT 06001

After a successful acting career, Fess Parker sought out and established his winery in the late 1980s, as a way to create a business to pass along to his children and future generations.  With an original 714 acres, he began by planting vines in 1989, in Santa Barbara County.  Today we have the happy occasion to sample his wines and present them for this fabulous dinner.  Tim Snider is President of the winery as well as husband to Fess’ daughter Ashley.

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Justin Winery & Landmark Vineyards at Max’s Oyster Bar: April 21st

 

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Reception
Main Lobster Lettuce Cup
mango, pineapple, rice noodle, peanuts, nuoc mam sauce
Justin Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

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Spring Vegetable “Pizza”
melted leeks, fava beans, artichokes,
oak hill farm goat cheese, puff pastry
Landmark Chardonnay, 2012

II
Surf & Turf
Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Pan-seared Hawaiian Tuna
roasted pineapple, ginger sauce, pea tendrils
Landmark Pinot Noir, 2012

III
Roasted Pork Belly
espresso bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, green garlic buttermilk biscuit
Justin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

IV
Cold Smoked Rib Eye of Steak
spring onion bread pudding, pink peppercorn jus
Justin Isosceles, 2011

Dessert
Red Velvet Beet Cake
crème fraiche
Justin Port-style Wine

$95.00 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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…about Joseph Spellman, MS

Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles, CA. He has been sommelier in several Chicago restaurants, including Tango, Maxim’s, Pump Room, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s.

Joseph earned the Master Sommelier Diploma in 1996, held now by 95 Americans, and 160 individuals worldwide. He was elected Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court in 2005. He also won the 1997 title “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines and Spirits” in Paris.

He wrote the critically praised wine notes featured in three Charlie Trotter books. He also wrote grape descriptions for the Wine Grapes posters produced by Ten Speed Press, and he has written pieces for many magazines.

He is frequently a featured speaker and panel moderator at wine events, with a particular interest in wine’s historical and cultural contexts. As a former English major at the University of Chicago, Joe enjoys writing and critiquing well-employed words about wine and food.

He also loves opera, film, food history, baseball, and beer.

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Flowers Winery Dinner Announced at Max’s Oyster Bar

 

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Since 1989, Walt and Joan Flowers have been crafting focused, elegant wines along the rugged Sonoma Coast region of northern California. With over 300 acres of land they have planted vineyard sites that take advantage of the cool climate and misty fog that rolls in from the Pacific nearly every day.  These wines have won high acclaim in the press and are sought after by collectors around the globe.

Max’s Oyster Bar is very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a limited seating dinner with Flowers Estate manager Greg Miller.  This is a very rare occasion to taste the wines of Flowers and learn from some one who has an integral part in their production.

Dinner will be March 24th, at 6:30pm.

flowers-2012-camp-meeting-ridge-estate-pinot-noir-sonoma-coastMenu and wines being served for the evening:

Amuse Bouche

First Course
Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013
Seafood Potato Salad
Smoked New Potatoes, Stonington Red Shrimp, Mussels, Crab, Osetra Caviar, Saffron Aioli

Second Course
Flowers Chardonnay Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard 2012
Chili Lobster Texas Toast
Maine Lobster, Buttered Toast, Sriracha Chili Sauce

Third Course
Flowers Pinot Noir Seaview Ridge 2012
Grilled Fresh Rhode Island Calamari
Squid Ink Rigatoni, Chorizo, Cherry Peppers, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Breadcrumbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fourth Course
Flowers Pinot Noir Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard 2012
Sepe Farms Roasted Lamb
Toasted Orzo, Sundried Tomatoes, Lemon Confit, Olive Salt

Cheese
Flowers Perennial 2011
Cato Corners Drunken Hooligan
Roasted Dates, Bacon Powder, Honey Gastrique

  Price for the dinner will be $129.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

Reservations can be secured by calling Max’s Oyster Bar:

964 FARMINGTON AVE.| WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107 | P: 860-236-6299

New Chablis By-The-Glass at Max Downtown

The Dauvissat family has been hand-crafting wonderfully precise and complex Chablis for many years.  This is a fabulous style from a great vintage.  We are very pleased to be able to offer this wine through the Spring, although supplies are fairly limited and we will run out by summer.

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Chablis Saint Pierre, 2010
Sebastien Dauvissat works a two hectare parcel of vines at the village level. The vineyards are situated on the “back side” of the 1er Crus. The soil here is infused with a particularly high percentage of limestone which permits this cuvée to make a clear statement of its origins.

Jean Dauvissat, and his son Sebastian, are the most recent in an extended line of the Dauvissat family that has been in possession of this notable domaine since 1899. The cave is positioned under the family house which dates from the 17th century and where the road to the hamlet of Chichée begins. The first formal bottling of wines under the Dauvissat label occurred on a limited scale in 1963. Then, in 1978 and 1979, Jean Dauvissat increased production to 3,000 bottles per annum. The physical expansion of the domaine under his management, along with ever-increasing quality and accompanying renown, has resulted in the cessation of sales to negociants and the bottling of the entire annual production of approximately 50,000 bottles. An unfortunate accident resulted in the untimely death of Jean Dauvissat several years ago. Sebastien Dauvissat continues the work of this historic domaine in collaboration with Evelyne Dauvissat, Jean’s wife. The domaine encompasses slightly less than 10 hectares of vineyards. The Grand Cru vineyards are south-facing; the 1er Cru vineyards have a full southeast exposure; and the village property faces northwest. All are hillside sites with an “argilo-calcaire” soil composition heavily marked by small stones that provide for excellent drainage. Of course, the entire vineyard surface is underlain by the Kimmeridgian limestone that makes Chablis one of the most unique wine-producing areas in the world.

The domaine encompasses slightly less than 10 hectares of vineyards. The Grand Cru vineyards are south-facing; the 1er Cru vineyards have a full southeast exposure; and the village property faces northwest. All are hillside sites with an “argilo-calcaire” soil composition heavily marked by small stones that provide for excellent drainage. Of course, the entire vineyard surface is underlain by the Kimmeridgian limestone that makes Chablis one of the most unique wine-producing areas in the world. Harvest levels vary extensively according to age of vines and vintage conditions. Levels for the village wine may reach 60 hectoliters per hectare in particularly generous years whereas the 1er Cru vineyards usually yield approximately 45 to 50 hectoliters per hectare. However, the old vines section of Vaillons (composed in large part of vineyards in excess of 65 years of age) frequently yields less than 25 hectoliters per hectare. The other vineyards are planted to vines between 20 and 40 years of age. The cellars of the Dauvissat domaine are equipped with the most modern materials. Fermentation and elevage of the village and premier cru wines occurs for the most part in stainless steel. The old vines cuvee of Vaillons and the Les Preuses are partially barrel fermented and barrel aged with about 25% of the oak being new. The wines are traditionally bottled 18 to 20 months after harvest. On occasion, certain of the other 1er Crus may pass part of the elevage in barrel as well, particularly when harvest levels are low.