On our recent trip to Las Vegas we discovered our latest Fabulous Finds For Foodies. The restaurant is Aureole, located in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.It is part of the incredible Charlie Palmer Group, a two time Michelin Star recipient and Wine Spectator Grand Award winner for its wine list every year since 1999!
One of my favorite courses from the Charlie Palmer Tasting menu was the 1st course, a blood orange salmon gravlax and lightly smoked ora king salmon dish. Incredible! This was paired with the Schramsberg Rosé Brut Methode Traditionelle 2011, a delectable sparkling wine. It is my wine pick for this week!
Schramsberg located in Calistoga,Napa Valley, California and founded in 1862, this producer has legs!
The 2011 is a delectable blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay.The dose of chardonnay added for complexity, says the winemaker. Handcrafted using select cool climate north coast vineyards,
So delicious, so enticing with aromas of strawberry, and touches of citrus… bright acidity on the palate with a long, refreshing and lingering finish.. So delish….
In our market by the way…you need to contact THE VINE AGENCY.
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This stunning champagne has the finest bubbles, is pale yellow in color, very pleasing to the eye. Aromas of green apple and citrus.My pick for celebrating the Oscars this year is Piper Heidsieck Red Label Cuvee Brut.
My wine pick this week is from South America, although not from Chile but from Argentina. Another region making supurb quality/value wines and this one is a standout!
The producer, family owned Bodega Catena Zapata, is known for their high quality wines… has been making wine for multiple generations, they have vineyards planted in Mendoza at varying altitudes each vineyard bringing something unique to the final blends.
My pick the Catena Malbec is a blend of grapes from four vineyard sites, each bringing something special to the wine…the result a wine of intense aroma, with black fruit, floral notes, spice, black pepper, complex and with a lasting finish. I thought delish for $19.95.
It was a great evening, Mr Stechel shared a few of the traditions with his welcome, including some that are quite different than some of ours here… tree goes up Christmas Eve, gifts only show up on the morning, even the colours and styles for decorating are different…. I believe that sometimes requires a little negotiation in some families!
That evening we had the opportunity to try some very special wines, but my favourite was the Heinrich Vollmer ALTUM Pinot Noir 2008 from the Pfalz region. The grapes for this wine come from the top of the Vollmer Estate, from the Ellerstadler Kirchenstuck vineyard. Enticing aroma of cherries and hint of licorice, is medium-to full bodied, it was aged in oak for 12 months, has nice complexity, is well balanced, delicious and great for my big bird coming soon! I truly enjoyed and will be bringing to our Christmas dinner.
Well okay since we are talking “make a statement” vino… mine is a real Titan! It’s actually called Titan, the Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz 2010 from McLaren Vale, Australia.This is a great name for a great wine! First of all “Alpha Crucis” is the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation and the Alpha Crucis TITAN wines are so named to create the finest wines from the best areas of their vineyards which were established in 1897.
So this full bodied wine had nuances of beautiful complexity, with ripe cherries and bright raspberry combined with savory, toast and gamey elements, with a bright acidity and softer tannins. The finish doesn’t finish for a while….Thumbs up for my Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz 2010, in vintages for $24.95