Ridge Winery Spring Release & Tasting dinner

Last year we asked the question, “Does Ridge matter?” And with a resounding YES, we featured the new releases and some very special cellar wines from Ridge Vineyards in a delightful tasting and dinner combination. The format was enjoyed so much we are hosting the tasting and dinner once again.

In today’s wine world there are many choices.  Since the late 1950s, Ridge Vineyards has been making extraordinary wines in a natural and traditional manner, something many winemakers left but have come back to.  The wines by Ridge Vineyards are different, they are full of flavor, flavor of the land from which they are grown and produced.  This is something that can be lost by younger winemakers, but with the guiding hand of Paul Draper since 1969, Ridge is still more relevant today, than perhaps it has been at any time in its many years. Max Downtown is very pleased to preset

a fabulous tasting & pairing dinner Highlighting the Spring 2018 releases from Ridge Vineyards.

RIDGE VINEYARDS

Wines That Matter

Spring 2018 Release Tasting & Pairing Dinner

April 5th

6:15pm New Vintage Sampling & Reception | 7:00pm Dinner Seating

Menu by Chef Chris Sheehan

Presentation by Brian Mitchell

Tasting and Reception

New Spring Releases from Ridge Vineyards, including:

Estate Chardonnay 2016

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Geyserville 2016

East Bench Zinfandel 2016

Paso Robles Zinfandel 2016

Passed Hors d‘Oeuvres and Charcuterie

 

Pairing Dinner

Course 1

RIDGE ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016

Tuna Toro

Bergamot, Wild Ginger, Smoked Shoyu

 

Course 2

RIDGE MONTE THREE VALLEYS ZINFANDEL 2015

Sheep’s Milk Gnudi

Morel Mushrooms, English Peas, Ramp Butter

 

Course 3

RIDGE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Creekstone Farm Lardo Wrapped Fillet

Smoked Carrots, Spicy Greens, Spring Garlic Salsa Verde

 

Dessert

RIDGE GEYSERVILLE 2007

Chocolate & Macadamia Terrine

Coconut, Lime, Passion Fruit

 

$125 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations

(860) 522-2530

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

Max Chef to Farm Presents – Spring Wine Dinner at the Wine House

Crystal Ridge Winery

And

Max Restaurant Group

Present

A Chef to Farm Dinner 

Spring Dinner at The Wine House

Wednesday March 28

Please join us at one of the most exciting new winery and dinner locations in the area, high atop Crystal Ridge in South Glastonbury, with the dramatic backdrop of the whole Connecticut River Valley below.  The team from Max Restaurant Group and Crystal Ridge Winery are partnering to present an intimate pairing dinner featuring wine from Crystal Ridge as well as selections from Classic wine regions in Europe. Paul Mathes of Shaw-Ross Importers will be on hand to speak about the non-native wine selections as well present a fun finish to the evening.

6pm Arrival

Crystal Ridge Winery Reception

Chef’s Welcome Amuse

Seared Stonington Scallop, Green Tea Soba, Peanut Sugar

Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose, 2017

Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Bisque

Bacon, Brown Butter

Crystal Ridge Winery Vignoles, 2015

Fish

Butter Poached Monkfish

Carrot Romesco, Fennel

Crystal Ridge Winery St Croix, 2016

Entree

Roasted Lamb Loin

Parmesan Risotto, Brown Beech Mushroom, Asparagus, Pan Jus

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva, 2012

Dessert

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Meyer Lemon, Pomegranate

Solera Sidecar by Paul Mathes

Seating is limited

$125 per person, all inclusive

Crystal Ridge Winery is located at

257 Belltown Rd., South Glastonbury CT 06073

 Visit Our Eventbrite Page to buy tickets

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

An Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore (Re-Scheduled)

MAX AMORE RISTORANTE PRESENTS

An Evening of Wine & Food featuring the wines of Di Majo Norante

Original Date – Tuesday March 13th, 2018

This Dinner Event has been Rescheduled to April 3rd

Seating at 6:30pm

Special Guest Speaker
Sarah Nagle of Leonardo Locasio Selections

A STORY OF A FAMILY 
The Di Majo Norante winery sits on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina in the region of Molise, along the Adriatic Sea between Puglia and Abruzzo. The cultivation of vines in this area dates back to 500 BC and the estate has been dedicated to growing vines since the 1800s. Founded in 1968, the Di Majo estate cultivates more than 200 acres under vine. In order to ensure consistent, high-quality production for all the estate’s wines, Alessio Di Majo hired renowned oenologist Riccardo Cotarella as a consultant. In addition to producing quality wine at an outstanding value, the Di Majo family is dedicated to practicing environmentally sound agriculture.

Menu by
Executive Chef David Stickney

RECEPTION
2016 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese
Gorgonzola & Quince Lavash / Nduja Grissini / Taleggio Crochette

AMUSE
2016 Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon
Zuppa Di Marinara
caper salt, soppressata crumb

PRIMI
2013 Di Majo Norante Ramitello
Venison Polpetti Alla Scandinavo
currant mostarda

SECONDI
2013 Di Majo Norante Contado
Cavatelli with Wild Boar Ragu
30 day pecorino

TERZO
2012 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi Montepulciano Riserva
Veal Falsomagro
gnochetti, spigarello, sugo brasato

DOLCE
2013 Di Majo Norante Apianae
Orange Panna Cotta
hazelnut pizzelle, nocciola honey sauce, zabaglione

$85 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please call for Reservations
860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury | @maxamore

 

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Max Downtown Presents the Joy of Wine with Rombauer Vineyards

Rombauer

Max Downtown Presents:

THE JOY OF WINE
with Rombauer Vineyards

Special Guest Speaker: Jim Teegan, Rombauer Vineyards

Friday, June 3rd
6:30pm Seating

Rombauer Vineyards is one of the most recognized wineries sold in the United States.
It helps that the family name is synonymous with cooking
and is in just about every kitchen in the country, thanks to winery co-founder
Koerner Rombauer’s great aunt Irma, author of the Joy of Cooking.
This dinner brings together the elements of fine cooking and fine wines
in one evening of enjoyment as Chef Christopher Sheehan presents a fantastic pairing menu.

To learn more about Rombauer Vineyards, please visit their website.

FIRST COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2015
Jalapeño & Yuzu Spiced Fluke Crudo
charred cucumber | pine nuts | cilantro tomato water

SECOND COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2014
Shaved Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon
selim pepper and red fruit | grilled filone bread | red sorrel

THIRD COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012
Korean Barbecue Pork Belly
tapioca tempura oysters | ramp kimchi | pineapple chili sauce

ENTRĖE
Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Black Garlic Rubbed Wyoming Buffalo
whipped lardo baked fingerling potatoes |
bunching onions | chanterelle mushrooms

DESSERT
Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2013
Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova
pistachio | creme de violet gelato

$115.00 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call for Reservations
860.522.2530

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

 

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