Oregon Winemaker Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen January 30th

Trumbull Kitchen Is Very Pleased to Present A

WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS

WINEMAKER PAIRING DINNER

Wednesday January 30th  

6:00 reception | 6:30 Seating

Ryan Clifford, Harvest Winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards, visits Trumbull Kitchen on January 30th

Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in Scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand-watered the vines with seventeen lengths of 75′ garden hose.

Willamette Valley Vineyards has come a long way since then.

Today, the stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth, richness of mouthfeel, and balance. The wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff.

Join us at Trumbull Kitchen to meet one of those winemakers and a fabulous dinner, pairing Willamette Valley Vineyards wines with Chef Chris Torla’s menu.

Guest Speaker

Ryan Clifford

Harvest Winemaker / Regional Brand Manager

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Reception

Willamette Pinot Gris, 2017

Smoked Gouda and Apple Crostini

hot honey drizzle

1

Willamette Chardonnay, 2016

Smoked Salmon and Dungeness Crab Napoleon

meyer lemon, bulls’ blood, lemon oil

2

Willamette Elton Pinot Noir, 2014

Charred Salmon Medallions

curried beluga lentil vinaigrette, crisp apple, baby watercress

3

Willamette Estate Pinot Noir, 2016

Sage and Honey Glazed Quail

butternut squash coulis, warm farro salad, pomegranate reduction

Dessert

Willamette WC Rose, 2016

Dried Cherry Tart

toasted pistachios, grilled cantaloupe relish, chantilly cream

$89 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Trumbull Kitchen for Reservations

(860) 493-7412

Napa Valley Wine Dinner with Venge Vineyards – January 30, 2019 at Max Downtown

MAX DOWNTOWN is very pleased to present a winemaker dinner featuring one of Napa Valley’s most storied producers


Kirk Venge – Owner and Winemaker, Venge Vineyards

The Venge family has farmed in Napa Valley for nearly half a century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge emigrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud’s son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per’s son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960’s with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family name as an icon in the winegrowing community.

The family’s viticultural roots flourished in 1976 with the purchase of a 17-acre vineyard in the Oakville District that was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This fortunate development cast the family among the winemaking pioneers of Napa Valley.

Nils’ and Dianna Venge’s son, Kirk Venge, gravitated to winemaking at an early age. He proved to be as talented a winemaker as his father, making wines in his own style, with a vision to build on the family legacy. In 2008, Kirk achieved his lifelong dream and acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards. Today, Kirk continues the Napa Valley heritage, focusing on select vineyard sites that produce fruit worthy of bearing the Venge family name.

Both traditional and progressive wine production techniques are embraced, and they remain focused on a core belief: only fruit grown from select vineyards that has been handled gently and naturally produces wine worthy of bottling under the Venge family name. We are very excited to pair these wines alongside Chef Chris Sheehan’s menu.

January 30th 2019

6:30 Seating

Course 1

Ora King Salmon Crudo

 Asparagus, Ossetra Caviar, Lemon Brown Butter Crumble

Croix Estate, Chardonnay Narrow Gauge (2016) Russian River Valley

Course 2

Pork Belly Terrine

Sicilian Pistachio, Giardiniera, Violet Mustard

Croix Estate, Pinot Noir Narrow Gauge (2016) Russian River Valley

Course 3

Bone Marrow Potato Gnocchi

Shaved Périgord Truffle, Chive Creme

Venge Vineyards, Scout’s Honor Proprietary Red (2016) Napa Valley

Course 4

Roasted Prime Sirloin

Black Garlic Confit, Charred Onion, Romanesco, Sauce Poivrade

Venge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard (2016) Napa Valley

Cheese

Tête de Moine AOP

Venge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux (2016) Napa Valley

$149 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations

P: 860.522.2530

or purchase tickets directly by clicking this link

Winemaker Dinner with Chad Melville at Max’s Oyster Bar

 

Winemaker Dinner – Santa Barbara Style

In 1997, working side by side with his father Ron and brother Brent, Chad helped to establish Melville’s Estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, a journey that began and continues to endure with tremendous passion and dedication. Since that time, Chad has received great critical acclaim for his wines. Through both his intimate knowledge of the vineyards and his relentless commitment to winemaking practices that honor tradition and the land, Chad understands the magical evolution each bottle of wine undertakes from vine to glass.

“Off-the-charts good… these are some of the greatest values in the world of wine today”

The Wine Advocate

Guest Speaker

CHAD MELVILLE – HEAD WINEGROWER

“WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN BEING AN ESTATE…

OWNING, FARMING, AND GROWING WINE FROM OUR LAND”

Thursday March 29, 2018

6:30pm

 Menu by Chef Hunter Morton

1

Melville Winery, Chardonnay Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2014

Smoked Trout

Horseradish Panna Cotta, Watercress, Beet Root Gel, Cucumber, Brown Bread

2

Melville Winery, Pinot Noir Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Foie Gras Torchon

Blood Orange Marmalade, Smoked Duck, Pistachio, Brioche, Minus 8 Vinegar

3

Melville Winery, Pinot Noir Sandy’s Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, 2014

Walden Hills Pork Presse

Garlic Lentils, Savoy Cabbage, Pickled Mustard Seed

4

Melville Winery, Syrah Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2015

Roasted Dry-Aged Striploin

Smoked Butter Potato Puree, Seacoast Mushrooms, Baby Carrot, Onion Jus

D

Chocolate Cake

Malted Milk Ice Cream

$99.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

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

860-236-6299

Montinore: A Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Dinner at Max Downtown

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Max Downtown is very pleased to present
A Willamette Valley Wine Dinner
with Rudy Marchesi
Proprietor, President and Winegrower, Montinore Estate

Since 1992, Rudy Marchesi has been an integral part of the growth and operation of Montinore Estate in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. With his initial involvement being to simply promote the wines and the region, this passion eventually grew to overseeing operations and eventually ownership.

We are very pleased to welcome Rudy Marchesi for this fabulous wine and food pairing dinner featuring a menu by Executive Chef Chris Sheehan.

Friday November 18th
6:00pm Reception | 6:30pm Seating

MENU

R E C E P T I O N
Montinore Estate Pinot Gris, 2015
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

C O U R S E O N E
Montinore Estate Riesling, 2014
Hudson Valley Duck Rillettes
Goat Cheese, Shallot Marmalade, Apple Butter Toast

C O U R S E T W O
Montinore Estate Borealis White Blend, 2015
Nantucket Bay Scallop “Cocktail”
Celery Root, Radish, Uni Remoulade

C O U R S E T H R E E
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Estate Reserve, 2013
Suckling Pig Presse
Figs, Roasted Beets, Blackberry Jus

C O U R S E F O U R
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Estate Parson’s Pinnacle, 2014
Creekstone Farm Dry Aged Brisket
Steak Frites, Cheddar Curd, Brussels Sprout Ceasar, Green Peppercorn Gravy

D E S S E R T
Montinore Estate Ruby – A Pinot Noir Solera Port-Style Wine
Pineapple Coffee Cake
Tres Leches Gelato, Macadamia Streusel

$89 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations
860.522.2530

 

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Max Downtown presents a Santa Barbara County “Wine & Food Pairing Dinner”

2016-06-24 Santa BarbaraMax Downtown is Pleased to Announce

a Very Special Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

featuring the wines of Santa Barbara County, California

Guest Speaker: Morgen McLaughlin

President of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association

Friday June 24th
6:00pm Reception

6:30pm Seating

Santa Barbara is one of the most dynamic wine growing regions in the country. The location of the region in proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic effect on what grapes grow and where.  The longest growing season of any wine region is achieved here.

We are very pleased to welcome Morgen McLaughlin, a Connecticut native who now coordinates the various wineries throughout Santa Barbara County. She knows the growers and the owners, has stories and insights to share and this should be a fabulous evening of great wines, paired with Chef Chris Sheehan’s cuisine.

RECEPTION

Qupé Modern White, Central Coast Blend, 2014

Passed hors d’oeuvres

FIRST

Sea Smoke Blanc de Noirs Sea Spray, Sta. Rita Hills

Koshu Cured Sockeye Salmon

charred avocado | finger lime

SECOND

Robert Murray Vineyards Chardonnay Stasis, Santa Maria Valley, 2011

Warm Lobster & Young Ginger

maitake mushrooms | vadouvan granola | coconut-cilantro sauce

THIRD

Melville Estate Pinot Noir Block M, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Black Garlic Pork Belly Pappardelle

sweet corn | cojita | chiles | ramp pesto

ENTRÉE

Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Roasted Slope, Santa Barbara County, 2013

Herb Grilled Beef Short Rib

slow roasted ruby beets | baby leeks | pistachio | balsamic cherry jus

CHEESE & CABERNET
Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon, 2012

Local Artisanal Cheeses

SOMETHING SWEET

$99.00 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

~menu subject to change~

Please Call for Reservations

860.522.2530

Max Downtown | City Place | 185 Asylum Street | Hartford | 06103

 

 

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Max Lunch Club Presents The Splendor of the Cape May 29th

Splendor-of-the-Cape-Lunch-Club--1 copyWith Special Guest Speaker and host Paul Nerz of Vineyards Brands Imports
Menu by executive chef Hunter Morton

Reception (12:45)
Refreshing glass of The Wolf Trap White by Boekenhoutskloof
a Rhone inspired white blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc

1st course
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc from Walker Bay
Paired with
Cod Cakes – Hearts of Palm, Moroccan spiced yogurt

2nd Course
The Left Bank by Neil Ellis – a Cape blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cab Franc and Malbec
Cape Malay Fish Curry, basmati, tamarind, cilantro

3rd Course
Hamilton-Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Spiced Venison Burger- Carrot Peanut Slaw, sweet potato fries

$39.50 per person, (not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations: 860-236-6299

964 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107
MaxsOysterBar.com     #LunchClub

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

 

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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

I
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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