Max Lunch Club “Old World meets Old-New World”

Max’s Oyster Bar is presents our first event of 2020, featuring Wines from Cline Cellars of California and Olianas of Sardinia, Italy

With Guest Speaker Doug D’Auria of Cline Cellars

Friday January 17th || 12:45 arrival | 1:00pm lunch

Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma, California, built on a passion for winemaking and rooted in respect for the land. Fred Cline started Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, California, making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvedre, Zinfandel, and Carignane, some of which dated back to the 1880’s.

In 1989, Fred purchased a 350-acre horse farm in Carneros and moved the winery to Sonoma County. As one of the original Rhone Rangers, he began planting varietals that included a number of vineyards dedicated to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Since those first plantings, Fred and his wife Nancy have continued to expand their love of wine and native grapes by partnering with wineries across the globe, such as Olianas from Sardinia. A fully bio-sustainable winery, the Olianas wines are   traditionally produced from native grapes in Sardinia, and are farmed completely Bio-integrated.

Cuisine prepared by Chef Bob Peterson, this menu is perfect for the season at hand.


Baked Salt Pond Oysters

Lemon-Parmesan Crumble | Fresh Oregano | Cherry Peppers

Olianas Vermentino, 2018 (Sardinia)


Chilled Poached Salmon

Urban Valley Farm Field Greens | Butternut Squash | Gala Apples

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds | Charred Onion Vinaigrette

Cline Cellars Farmhouse White, 2018 (California)


Spice Crusted Ahi Tuna

Spinach & Ricotta Gnudi | Grilled Fennel & Peppers

Bagna Cauda

Olianas Cannonau (Sardinia)


Braised Beef Short Rib

Truffle Polenta | Tuscan Farm Greens | Zinfandel-Black Pepper Jus

Horseradish Crust

Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel, 2018 (Contra Costa County)

Something Sweet

Nutella-Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Meringue | Raspberry Sauce

$49.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations