Monday, August 23, 2010

My First Official Wine List

So as the Director of Culinary & Beverage I am now responsible for the beverage program as a whole. I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to put together my first official wine list for our small bistro.
My approach was to keep it small, very small , only 12 bottles 6 whites & 6 reds (remember I only have 29 seats and our bistro is open Friday & Saturday nights only, although you can come in and enjoy this list 7 days a week, not many people take advantage of this ....YET!
 I made sure I targeted all the major wine growing regions and grapes and threw in a few of my favorites from the Jorge Ordonez collection as my "interesting" selections.
I also wanted to showcase an oaked and unoaked chardonnay from California's most popular wine growing regions, a Napa Valley  selection and a Sonoma County selection made the final cut.
Well here it is.....for a first timer I don't think this is a bad start....any comments, suggestions would be much appreciated?

WHITES

Pinot Grigio -2009 Kris – Italy
Sauvignon Blanc – 2009 Cartlidge & Brown “Dancing Crow” Organic- Napa Valley California
Reisling – 2009 Ockfener Scharzburg – Germany
Chardonnay (Oaked) - 2008 Grayson Cellars- Napa Valley California
Chardonnay (Unoaked) – 2007 Healdsburg Ranches- Sonoma County California
INTERESTING WHITE
Verdejo- 2009 Shaya – Spain

REDS
Pinot Noir – 2008 Dominique Brunet – France
Merlot- 2008 Fontanelles-France
Zinfandel- 2005 Bradford Mountain-Sonoma County California
Shiraz- 2007 2UP – Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon (Blend) - 2007 Rock & Vine – Napa Valley California
INTERESTING RED
Monastrell- 2008 Wrongo Dongo- Jumilla, Spain

3 comments:

Rich said...

dont worry....the local stuff is on its way. I have some Westport Rivers, and am Tasting through some CT wine trail juice next week
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Anne Marie said...

Just tried the Rock and Vine at a tasting this week...it was yummy. And also, your chestnut, pumpkin ice cream and whatever crepe sounds soooo good! I am going to miss New England autumn....
hope all is well...

your hungry sis

denise said...

Hi Rich, While in Connecticut you may want to stop in at Jonathan Edwards Winery. I found this little gem a few years back and have enjoyed you their wines very much. My most recent favorite is the Pinot Noir that they are now offering.

Denise