Ste Michelle Wine Estates Dinner at Max Amore

Ste-Michelle-at-Amore-1 copyTuesday, October 28th at Max Amore, Glastonbury
With Special Guest Speaker Thom Horsey
National Educator For Ste Michelle Wine Estates
and presenting a head to head sampling of the old world wines
of antinori, dr loosen & the new world wines of ste michelle
wine estates properties col solare, cht ste michelle
& spring valley vineyard of washington state.
Menu by Executive Chef Ted Burnett
6pm reception on the patio (weather permitting)
6:30pm seating inside

Reception
Grilled Bratwurst | Grilled Calamari
Riesling Saint M By Dr Loosen, Pfalz, DE, 2012
Riesling Eroica By Dr Loosen, Columbia Valley, WA, 2012

Primo
Smoked Salmon | Salmon Mousse | Roasted Beets
Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay, Canoe Ridge Estates, WA, 2012
Castello Delle Saia Chardonnay, Umbria, 2011

Pasta
Cavatappi Amatraciana
Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells, Washington State Red, 2010
Marchesi Antinori Villa Antinori Rosso Di Toscana, 2011

Carne
Baby Lamb Chop Scottadita | Baby Arugula
Shaved Pecorino Romano | Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Col Solare, Columbia Valley, 2008
Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Tignanello, Toscana, 2011

Cheese
Assorted | Cato Corner CT | Classic Italian
Spring Valley Vineyards Walla Walla Red, 2011
Guado Al Taso Il Bruciato Bolgheri Rosso, 2012

$110 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)
seating is limited. for reservations, please call:
860.659.2819

Max Lunch Club with Louis Jadot Burgundy Wines 9/26

Max-Lunch-Club-Louis-Jadotby Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

I am very pleased to announce that on September 26th, Max Lunch Club returns to the Oyster Bar in West Hartford with some fabulous selections from Louis Jadot, famous Burgundy growers.  Specifically, we will be featuring wines from the top rated 2012 vintage.  This is a vintage that has shown exceptional quality in the wines, especially the white wines, and my own tasting have shown that there really are some treats for the Burgundy lover.  Prices though are a major concern, for several reasons: lower sales of previous vintages such as the 2011, and smaller yields from the vineyards which of course mean less wines.

Having said that though, this is one of the reasons to look at a producer such as Jadot.  Owning or maintaining close to 200 different parcels of vineyards throughout the Cote d’Or, the Maconnaise and Beaujolais regions, Louis Jadot is one of the top volume producers in Burgundy, but a producer that also maintains exceptional quality at all levels.

ljb_savigny_les_beaune_la_dominode_lblI have selected a few wines that I think represent some of what Jadot does best, but also a few wines that represent the value of what Jadot does.  Because they are able to scale production, they are better able to maintain costs and that means they are better able to minimize dramatic price swings from vintage to vintage.  This means that for us the consumers, we are better off looking to purchase these wines on a regular basis as the price/quality value relationship is much more consistent.

As a special treat for the Lunch Club, we will have a special guest speaker, Christian Dalbavie, French wine specialist for Kobrand/Jadot.  Mr Dalbavie has done several events for us over the past few years and is an exceptional speaker as well as a great resource for understanding all things Burgundy.

Friday September 26th
12:45 reception, 1:00 seating for lunch.

Reception:
Nicoise Egg | Tuna Tartar | White Anchovy | Beans
House Cured Salmon | Corn Griddle Cake | Peach Relish
Pacific Coast Oyster | Grapefruit | Caviar
Jadot Chardonnay Stainless Steel, Bourgogne, 2012

Course One:
Poached Lobster | Granola | Vadouvan | Carrot
Jadot Meursault, Côte de Beaune, 2012

Course Two:
Loch Duart Salmon Cuit Sous Vide | Cauliflower | Dates | Citrus
Jadot Beaujolais-Villages,  Beaujolais, 2012

Course Three:
Pork Loin | Pork Belly | Stone Fruit | Greens |  Pickled Mustard Seed
Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune La Dominode Premier Cru, Côte de Beaune, 2012

$37.50 per person (not including tax or gratuity)
Please call Max’s Oyster Bar to make your reservations:860-236-6299

964 FARMINGTON AVE./ WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107

 

 

Plump Jack Winery Dinner at Max Downtown

PlumpJack-Email-2TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 AT MAX DOWNTOWN
Experience the incomparable wines of PumpJack Winery
Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton
Wine pairings by Max Downtown Wine Director Justin Gavry

PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville
region, surrounded by a 42 acre estate vineyard highly regarded for the quality of
its Cabernet Sauvignon. Both the winery building and the vineyard date back to the
1800s, when winemaking pioneers first took advantage of a unique position on the
valley floor. From the oldest, rockiest section, the “I” Block where we source our
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, to more recent plantings, PlumpJack strives to
maintain balanced vines. Thanks to the full, expressive range of the estate,
our wines have become known for their intriguing complexity.

Guest Speaker: Scot Gaffney, Eastern Regional Sales Manager
for Plumpjack Estate and Cade Estate Wineries

Reception: 6:00pm – Dinner: 6:30pm
Reception
Passed hors d’oeuvres
CADE Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Napa Valley
I
Ginger Lobster Dumplings
Starlight Gardens bok choy, sprouts, shishito peppers, bacon dashi
PlumpJack Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley
II
Marwin Farms Duck Sausage Flatbread
figs, midnight moon cheese, candied onions, kale
PlumpJack Merlot, 2012, Napa Valley
III
Broccoli Pain Perdu
Iberico ham, cured egg yolk, Cato Corners Farm mornay sauce, brioche
PlumpJack Syrah, 2012, Napa Valley
IV
Roasted Porchetta
Rosedale Farms corn pudding, sungold tomatoes, local beans
CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010,
Howell Mountain – Napa Valley
V
Veal Roast Beef
potato fondant, chanterelle mushrooms, sweet breads,
glazed radishes, Gary’s roasted garlic jus
PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon “McWilliams Oakville Estate”,
2010/2011 comparison, Napa Valley

Petit Fours & Mignardises

$175 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Tickets can be purchased online here
18% gratuity and 6.35% CT State Sales Tax will be added during checkout.
Tickets will not be mailed. Your name will be on our reservation list.
For inquiries or information, please call: 860.522.2530
MaxDowntown.com

Max’s Oyster Bar Spanish Wine Dinner – 9-11-2014

Spanish-Wine-Dinner-at-Oyster-1 copyOn Thursday September 11th, Max’s Oyster Bar will host a delicious dinner, featuring the wines from Grupo Barón de Ley, based in Rioja, Spain.

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Featured guest speaker is Inigo Echavarri – Export Director for Grupo Barón de Ley.

With one of the most outstanding estates in the entire Rioja region, Barón de Ley is a leader in quality and innovation in wine production in Northern Spain.  Additionally, the control the El Coto Rioja line, which is one of the oldest of the region, as well as a winery in Cigales, Spain, also focused on outstanding wines based on Tempranillo, albeit in a more modern approach.  This dinner celebrates all of these various winemaking approaches as well as the fine cuisine of Spain.

Tapas
House Made Sangria
Crispy Shishito Peppers | Lemon Salt
Jamon Serrano | 18 month cure
Croquetas de Langosta | Lobster Roe Mayo
Acietunas | Marinated Olives
Black & White Anchovy | Toast | Ricotta
Tutura | Gratin of Artichoke

Course 1
El Coto Rioja Blanco, 2013
Grilled Spanish Octopus | Fava Beans | Pickled Celery | EVOO

Course 2
El Coto Rioja Crianza, 2010
Arroz Negro | Sea Urchin | Avocado | Local Squid

Course 3
Baron de Ley Graciano, Rioja, 2010
Brandade | Salt Cod | Baked Egg | Fire Roasted Peppers

Course 4
Museum Real Reserva, Cigales, 2009
Gambas | Head On Shrimp | Piquillo Puree | Sea Salt

Course 5
Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva, 2001
Buey a la brasa | 40 day Aged Ribeye | Romesco | Papas Bravas

Dessert
Sorbet de Limon y Cava
Flan | Sweet Corn | Aguaymanto | Plantains

$65 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Reservations Required. Please call 860.236.6299

Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford, CT 06107
www.MaxsOysterBar.com

Baron-de-ley-gracianoAbout Baron de Ley

Founded in 1985, Barón de Ley is a single-estate winery located in Rioja Baja focusing on high quality Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. Based on the “Château” concept, grapes are sourced exclusively from the property’s estate vineyards. This is an innovative step in a region where wineries typically source grapes from independent growers throughout the area.

Barón de Ley’s unique personality blends the best of old and new. Located on the grounds of a 16th century monastery on the east bank of the river Ebro in Mendavia, the estate covers 175 acres planted primarily to Tempranillo, and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Quality and attention to detail are an obsession at Barón de Ley, where the ancient architecture belies the latest winemaking equipment. A look inside the old monastery reveals immaculate and efficient facilities, housing high-tech temperature- controlled steel tanks, 10,000 new oak barrels, and a 5-million-bottle cellar.

In 2004, the winery purchased an additional 500 parcels of land, resulting in a 1,200-acre estate that will be planted with Tempranillo as well as Garnacha, Graciano and experimental varieties such as Maturana. This project is a strong testament to the estate’s desire to continue to control all levels of winemaking, from vine to bottle.

el-coto-gran-reservaAbout El Coto

El Coto de Rioja, located in Oyón, was founded in 1970 by a group of winemakers committed to creating a new type of Rioja. Its first bottling was released in 1975. Today, El Coto is the leading brand in Spain and among the top-selling Spanish wines in Europe.

Five hundred hectares of estate vineyards are located in La Rioja Alta’s village of Cenicero, near the east bank of the Najerilla River, a tributary of the Ebro. Facing northwest, vineyard soils are mostly ferric clay, sand and limestone, which contribute structure, power and elegant minerality, respectively, to the wines. The recently incorporated Los Almendros estate, shared with Barón de Ley, adds an additional 300 hectares of vineyards to the impressive estate holdings. Additional grapes are sourced from 2,000 hectares in Rioja Alavesa. Here, limestone, clay and stony soils make aromatic, expressive wines with great finesse.

With the exception of “Coto Real” Reserva and “Coto de Imaz” Gran Reserva, all reds are aged in new American oak barrels, the classic Rioja marriage of wine and wood. Their seductive cigar box, spice and herbal aromas and silky red fruit flavors are the essence of fine traditional Rioja.

Museum-real-cigalesAbout Finca Museum

Cigales, is located just north of the Ribera del Duero in north-central Spain, is home to Finca Museum, which contains an astonishing 100+ acres of old vine Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) averaging 60-to-100+ years old.

In the midst of a search for quality vineyards in neighboring Ribera del Duero in the late 1990’s, the Grupo Barón de Ley stumbled onto the little known region of Cigales and its ancient vineyards laden with stone, baked by the hot sun and planted with naturally low yielding old vine Tinto del Pais. Grupo Barón de Ley knew immediately that its search was over.

Finca Museum now controls 1,200 acres of vineyards in the region with nearly half of which are over 50 years old. At average elevations of 2,300- 2,600 feet the soils are well draining alluvial with sand, poor organic earth, limestone, chalk, clay and an abundance of pebbles. The harsh and very dry continental climate has drastic day/night thermal variations, critical to developing phenolic ripeness and acidity in grape skins. These are growing conditions that produce grapes with superior balance and structure, resulting in wines of great vitality, complexity and longevity.

Max Supports Lea’s Foundation – Donate All Month Long

Lea's Foundation_stackedSEPTEMBER IS National Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

In recognition of this, throughout September, all Max Restaurant Group locations are joining with Chateau St Jean Wines and Beefeater Gin to support Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research.

Buy a glass of Chateau St Jean or a Beefeater London Dry Gin cocktail, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated.

beefeater-london-dry-gin-logo-67675Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, Inc., was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Lea Michele Economos, who at the young age of 18 was diagnosed with leukemia, and subsequently lost her battle when she was only 28 years old. Lea’s Foundation raises money to fund research into the causes of and cures for leukemia and its related cancers lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma).

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For more information – visit  www.leasfoundation.org

 

 

Dinner at the Nathan Hale Homestead

Dinner-at-the-Homestead-2014-EDIT-2 copyConnecticut Landmarks celebrates Food, Farms & Connecticut History.
Dinner at the Homestead celebrates our state’s rich agricultural
heritage at the Nathan Hale Homestead in bucolic Coventry, CT.
This exceptional event features a farm-to-table multi-course dinner
prepared by Executive Chef Scott Miller of Max’s Oyster Bar
& Max Chef To Farm Dinners. Take a tour of the historic
Nathan Hale Homestead with demonstrations, live music,
living history, silent auction and more!
5:30pm: Open Homestead
6:00pm: Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
7:00pm: Dinner
Call today for reservations! 860.247.8996 ext. 23
$175 Individual Ticket
$1,200 for a Table of 8 (a $200 savings)
Or purchase individual tickets online here
All proceeds benefit educational programming at
Connecticut Landmarks’ Properties.
*Rain Date: Sunday, September 7th, beginning at 4:30 pmCt Landmarks Logo

Icons of Italian Wine Dinner at Max a Mia, Avon

Icons-of-Italian-Wine-at-Mia-EDIT-1 copyby Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Masi-agricolaI am very pleased to announce that the team at Max a Mia in Avon, will be hosting a very special Italian wine and food pairing dinner with not one, but two great personalities from Italy.  On tour across the United States, the two Nozzole-wine-logoguests are making a stop over in Avon to give you and our other guests some great insights into their respective wineries and regions.  Raffaele Boscaini, of Masi Winery in the Veneto will be on hand, as well as Giovani Folonari, who along with his brother, is one of the great winery owners of Tuscany, with such wineries as Nozzole, Campo al Mare and Cabreo.  This promises to be great evening for Italian wine lovers.  Menu prepared by Executive Chef David Stickney of Max a Mia.  See the menu below…

Max A Mia Presents
ICONS OF ITALIAN WINE
Wine Pairing Dinner
With Special Guests
Raffaele Boscaini, owner of Masi Agricola in the Veneto
and
Giovanni Folonari, owner of Folonari Estates in Tuscany

Monday September 8, 2014
Reception 6:30pm • Seating 7:00pm

Reception
Ahi Polpettini, Golden Raisin Jam/ Acacia Honey Marinated
Berkshire Pork Risotto Cake/ Grappa Cured Gravlax, Crostini, Tobikko Crème Fraiche
Masi Masianoco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo Delle Venezie IGT, 2012

I
Oak Grilled Stonington Calamari, Living Cress, Mission Figs, Lemon-Chive Oil
Tenute Del Cabreo La Pietra Chardonnay Di Toscana IGT, 2012

II
Porchetta Fagottini, Pulled Prosciutto Ragu, Sheeps Milk Ricotta, Nutmeg
Tenuta Campo Al Mare Bolgheri DOC, 2012

III
Wood Fired Veal Ribeye, Gatto Di Patate,
Marinated Asparagus “Tagliatelle”, Bing Cherry Jus
Tenuta Di Nozzole Il Pareto Toscana IGT, 2011

IV
Local Cheeses, Quince Paste, Jones Apiaries Honeycomb
Masi Mazzone Amarone Delle Valpolicella Classico DOCG, 2007

$95.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max a Mia for reservations
(860) 677-6299

Meet Raffaele Boscaini:


Meet Giovanni Folonari

Badia a Coltibuono Wine Dinner at Max a Mia, Avon

Badia-a-Coltibuono-EDITby Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

I am very pleased to announce a fabulous opportunity to experience the wines from the famed Tuscan producer Badia a Coltibuono, which has been making wine since the Middle Ages. For over one hundred and fifty years the farm has been run by the Stucchi Prinetti family which cultivates organic grapes in the 100 acres of vineyard located in the heart of Chianti to produce Chianti Classico, the “Super Tuscan” Sangioveto and Vin Santo del Chianti.

Our special guest for the evening will be Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti, who along with her siblings owns and runs the winery.  We are very pleased to have her at Max a Mia to present her wines along with the cuisine of Executive Chef David Stickney, of Max a Mia.Emanuela-Stucchi-PrinettiMax A Mia Presents
A WINEMAKER DINNER WITH THE HISTORIC TUSCAN ESTATE
BADIA A COLTIBUONO
With Special Guest Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti, Owner of Badia a Coltibuono

Monday August 25th, 2014

Reception at 6:15p
Grana Padano Mousse, Sweet Coppa, Crostini/
Porchetta Piccolo, Broccolini Peso
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico, 2011

Seating at 6:45pm

I
Grilled Octopus, Charred Garlic Farm
Tomato-Chianti Pesto, Golden Raisins,
Marinated Calabrian Chile
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico, 2010

Ii
Wood Fired Lamb Scotadito,
Cannellini Bean Puree, Oxen Hill Black Cherry
Tomato-Costa Romanesco Squash Ragu,
Badia A Coltibuono Sangioveto Di Toscana, 2009

Iii
Filettini Di Manzo Wellington, Semolina
Gnocchi, Flash Fried Zucchini Flowers,
Sauce Choron
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva, 2008

Iv
Butterscotch Pots De Crème,
Mascarpone Mousse
Badia A Coltibuono Vin Santo Del Chianti Classico, 2007

$85 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Please Call For Reservations
(860) 677-6299

Tour de France Wine Dinner – Max Fish

Not sure much more needs to be said, but the French wine dinner at Max Fish, this year hosted by Christian Dalbavie, French Portfolio Manager Kobrand Corporation, promises to be a fun and delicious food and wine tasting event.  The wines are great, and Chef Peterson’s menu looks inspiring.  Seating is limited so please reserve today by calling Max Fish in Glastonbury.

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Max Lunch Club: Boutique French Wines

Cynthia-Hurley-Lunch-Club-REVISED-1Cynthia Hurley: “I spend about two months a year in France tasting in
nearly every major wine-growing area searching for great wines from
well-known, sometimes famous, growers and discovering wines from
virtually unheard of growers. Sometimes I may get my hands on as few
as three cases because the demand is so high, but for me, if it is a
wonderful wine I will grab it when it is available. I import just those
wines I want to put in my own cellar: one case for you and one for me.”

Friday, june 13th, 2014
With Special Guest Speaker: Donna Hutchinson
Regional Sales Manager For Cynthia Hurley French Wine Imports
Cuisine by Executive Chef Scott Miller
12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon
Reception
Domaine Lavigne Saumur Blanc 2012
Sea Scallops Crudo | Blood Orange | Chili | Avocado
Smoked Trout Patè | Dill | Lemon | Radish
Course One
Serge Laporte Sancerre Chavignol 2012
Lobster | Melon | Cucumber | Asparagus
Course Two
Clos du Lumiere Cote du Rhone 2011
Berkshire Pork | Fennel | Cherries | Arugula
Course Three
La Font du Notre Dame Gigondas 2011
Lamb Meatballs | Eggplant | Harissa
$37.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Reservations Required: 860.236.6299

Clos Pegase Winemaker Dinner at Max Amore June 17

Clos-Pegase-Winery-Dinner-at-AmoreClos-Pegase-Winery-Option-2by Brian Mitchell, Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

I am very pleased to announce a special dinner with one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries and the winemaker responsible for those wines.  Join us on Tuesday June 17, for a dinner featuring the wines of Clos Pegase Winery and share insights and stories with winemaker Richard Sowalsky.

Richard will be on hand to answer question sand run through the wines and explain his wine making philosophies at Clos Pegase.  originally built in the mid-1980s Clos Pegase is known as one of the most picturesque wineries in all of Napa, but we like them because the wines are rock solid and delicious.  A rare appearance by this winemaker is very exciting, and pairing the wines with the cuisine of Chef Ted Burnett is always a treat for our guests.

Richard is only in town and available for this one evening as he will be working other markets the rest of the week. Please make your reservations now, as we have a very limited number of seats for this dinner and these events tend to sell out quickly.

Amore_GalleryPresents a winemaker dinner featuring the Napa Valley Wines of
CLOS PEGASE WINERY
paired with the cuisine of Max Amore Executive Chef Ted Burnett
special guest speaker for the evening will be Richard Sowalsky,
Winemaker Clos Pegase Winery

Tuesday June 17th, seating is promptly at 6:30
Course 1
Carpaccio of Prosciutto di San Saniele, sweet melon sorbetto
Sauvignon Blanc Mitsuko’s Vineyard, Carneros, 2011

Course 2
Butter Poached Maine Lobster, citrus zabaglione, gaufrette
Chardonnay Mitsuko’s Vineyard, Carneros, 2012

Course 3
Chicken Liver Mousse, local fruit compote, crispy chicken skin
Pinot Noir Mitsuko’s Vineyard, Carneros, 2010

Course 4
House Made Potato Gnocchi, braised oxtail, foraged mushrooms, pickled ramps
Merlot Mitsuko’s Vineyard, Carneros , 2009

Course 5
Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib, truffled cream corn, whipped lardo crostini
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2010

$125 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)
Seating is limited.

Please call MAX AMORE for reservations: 860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbury, CT