Monday, May 24, 2010

'rustic euro'

(mid april 2010. number one)

the menu

• dark walnut baguette/sourdough baguette/rustic potato round

served with :

roasted garlic, melted cambozola cheese, and sautéed morel mushrooms

braised dino kale and northwest smoked salmon

oil and vinegar

• russian sorrel soup

slow-roasted vegetable broth with sorrel, spring turnips, purple carrots and gold potatoes

• fresh egg pasta

baked (in butter and fresh sage) then flaked rainbow trout, topped with lavender/arugula pesto

side of marinated grilled eggplant

• ukranian almond poppy seed cake

topped with fresh vanilla bean/ lavender water ice cream, tossed with lavender flowers and topped with a slice of spring turnip


2004 Giuliano Tiberi Azienda Agricola, "Le Vespe", Sangiovese, Toscana IGT

Coming from just outside of the designated Chianti zone, and with 20% other indigenous blending grapes, the Le Vespe was a easy choice. Ruby red in color, the wine was full of classic Sangiovese flavors like red currant and sour cherries, with a little hint of coffee bean from it's French oak treatment.

2008 La Grange Tiphaine, "Les Cassiers," Gamay, Touraine-Amboise

Made as they would in Beaujolais, this Gamay from the Loire was given the carbonic maceration treatment with all stainless steel aging. Lots of juicy red fruit tempered by the mineral earthiness imparted from 50 year old vines grown in chalk and Silex soils.

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