Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ESS Wine Dinner Mini-series Feb 27th

"...And I was fully aware of what has been happening on the California coast.  There is a whole class of young, thoughtful California winemakers that are interested in making wines of restraint, subtlety, and soul rather than the gooey works of alcoholic hubris that dominated the scene in the 90’s and early 2000’s.  Wineries like Peay Vineyards, Lioco, and Banshee Wines are totally redefining what California wine can be.  Jon Bonné, wine editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, has given a name to the movement with his beautiful new book entitled The New California Wine.  It is a very exciting time to explore the Cali coast.

So we at ESS decided to host a little dinner series to see what this remade New World is all about. 

The first dinner is a face-off.  On February 27th, Noah Dorrance of Sonoma's Banshee Wines will be here to show his wines against the brilliant new-style Australian bottlings brought in by Vine Street Imports.  These will be the first Australian wines ever served in Empire State South, and I’m totally pumped to pour them..."

-Steven Grubbs,
Wine Director

Sonoma v. Aussie Faceoff Dinner with Banshee Wines and Vine Street Imports

Empire State South
February 27th, 2014  7 pm
$120 per person plus tax and gratuity
rabbit terrine, quick pickled carrot, brussels, vidalia onion
Pinot Noir Rosé, Banshee Wines, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2013
Grenache Rosé, Dandelion, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2012
sauteed cobia, poached scallop, fennel, potato, their broth
Chardonnay, Banshee Wines, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2012
Chardonnay, BK Wines, ‘One Ball’, Adelaide Hills, Australia, 2012
squab breast, stuffed leg confit, liver mousseline, smoked brioche
Pinot Noir, Banshee Wines, ‘Marine Layer’, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2012
Pinot Noir, Timo Mayer, Yarra Valley, Australia, 2012
southern cassoulet of veal loin, breat, sweetbread, georgia roots, cowpeas
Pinot Noir, Banshee Wines, ‘Tina Marie’, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2012
Pinot Noir, Bindi, ‘Original Vineyard’, Macedon Ranges, Australia 2011
cinnamon panna cotta, blood orange, dark chocolate

Full text from Steve here
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