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New Ways to Wine and Dine

Mary Ross
Posted by Mary Ross on Dec 21, 2018

 

To enjoy during class or at home, we’ve added new wines to The Chopping Block’s wine list, and new ways to enjoy them!

Bubbles

“Here’s to Champagne, the Drink Divine that helps us forget all our troubles. It’s made from a dollar’s-worth of wine and three-dollar’s-worth of bubbles!”

Join us on New Year’s Eve at the Mart for A Celebration of Champagne & Bubbles, including four bubblies (including Champagne), three sparkling cocktails and sumptuous bubbly-friendly noshes. Discussion led by yours truly, Advanced Sommelier and Champagne devotee. To register, click here

Montaudon, Brut, NV, Champagne, France

Rich, satisfying and complex, not bone-dry, with creamy texture, long apple and baked biscuit flavor and juicy finish. The classic cocktail and complement to life's finest meals and moments.

$52/bottle

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Gruet, Rosé, NV, New Mexico, USA

An American classic, 100% Pinot Noir produced with Champagne’s technique for palate-tickling effervescence and dry-ish strawberry flavor. Guaranteed to turn any event into a special occasion! Pair with a wide range of dishes, including spicy cuisines. 

$19.50/bottle

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For Carnivores Only

To excite your gnash-and-tear instincts, serve these reds with red meats and during classes like Steakhouse DIY and Surf and Turf.

Chateau La Grolet, Cotes de Courg "Cuvee Classique", Bordeaux, France                                       

Indeed, a classic Bordeaux, blending Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec grapes, for aromas mingling dark fruit, herbs and earth, and chalky tannin perfect for meats and rich poultry. The estate is certified Biodynamic, employing the top-level of organic practices.

$19.50/bottle

Ancient Oak Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Berger Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, California

Plush and concentrated flavors of extra-ripe plum and long, smooth finish, grown in the rocky soil and rich sunlight of Sonoma Mountain. Only 196 cases produced. Serve as an extra-rich cocktail and complement to meats.

$58/bottle

Chateau Montelena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

From the winery that brought world-recognition to Napa comes this elegant red, with complex flavors of meat, pepper, cherry and cassis with firm tannin.

$68/bottle

 

Red Wine with Fish

A silky red makes the perfect pairing with rich seafood, especially salmon like the Maple and Mustard Glazed Salmon with Celery Root-Potato Puree served in Date Night: Fireside Feast.

Eola Hills, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon                            

Supple and elegant, with plum and cherry flavors accented by brown spice. From a founding property of Oregon's now-famous Willamette Valley. Serve as a rich cocktail and complement to lighter meat, rich poultry and seafood. Excellent with Asian cuisine.

$25/bottle

 

Vive la France

Don’t fight the logic of serving a fine French wine with French cuisine and in classes Food and Wine of France and Parisian Pleasures.

Domaine Manciat-Poncet, Macon-Charnat "Les Chenes", Burgundy, France                                     

Green apple refreshment with mineral complexity and vibrant finish makes a classic cocktail and pairing with cow's milk cheese, seafood, poultry and dishes prepared with butter. 100% Chardonnay grown in the grape's homeland.

$22.50/bottle

Château Ducasse, Graves Blanc, Bordeaux, France                                     

France's classic Sauvignon Blanc blend is light and dry with herbal accents, a perfect go-to white to pair with most appetizers, fish, veggie dishes and poultry, especially when prepared with herbs or olive oil.

$9/glass - $18/bottle

Domaine Berthelmot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Abbaye De Morgeot, Burgundy, France

From one of the world’s premier white wine regions, this 100% Chardonnay is as elegant as it is delicious.  With aromas of fresh apple, white flowers and honey, the wine is opulent on the palate.  Serve with the finest seafood and white meats.

$112/bottle

Chateau La Grolet, Cotes de Courg "Cuvee Classique", 2016, Bordeaux, France                                      

Indeed, a classic Bordeaux, blending Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec grapes, for aromas mingling dark fruit, herbs and earth, and chalky tannin perfect for meats and rich poultry. The estate is certified Biodynamic, employing the top-level of organic practices.

$19.50/bottle

 

Sweeter for the Sweets

Try these toothsome treats with your favorite desserts and in classes: International Holiday Cookie Exchange and Donut Boot Camp. 

Saracco, Moscato d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy                                            

Soft and round with heavenly sweetness and luscious finish, this Italian bubbly is crafted to complement all dolce - from apple pie to zabaglione - as well as rich cheeses, and sweet moments.

$9/glass - $18.50/bottle

Bodegas Valdespino "Isabela" Cream Oloroso Sherry Jerez, Spain

For dessert and sweet memories, with complex flavors of dried fruit and brown spice. Serve room temperature, chilled or over ice.

$9.50/glass - $21/bottle

 

Get Happy

HappyHours

Get your evening started with tastings of two wines paired with a charcuterie-cheese board nosh, accompanied by wine-chat from a sommelier or industry partner during The Chopping Block’s Happy Hour, Tuesdays at the Mart 4:45p-5:45p, Thursdays at Lincoln Square, 5:45p-6:45p.  All bottles of wine purchased during Happy Hour will be 10% off!  Registration required, $10 per person.

Learn More about our Happy Hours 

 

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