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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wine Dinner: Manuel's Vintage Room

Marco Chavez
(by Jason Henry)
Last night (Nov. 16), we had the chance to try something we've been eyeing for a while: a wine-pairing dinner at Manuel's Vintage Room downtown. Now, we eat at a lot of restaurants, and we drink a lot of wine, but this truly took the cake (or, chipotle white chocolate mousse).
Once a month, father-son and owner-chef duo Manuel and Marco Chavez close the restaurant for a private wine-pairing dinner that is the brainchild of Marco and inspired by various themes. Last night, for example, Spain took center stage. For $75 a seat, guests enjoyed a five-course dinner paired with five wines from various regions. Included with the menu was a program explaining the nuances and details of each wine and a detailed map of Spain.
This evening was genius. We enjoyed meeting a representative from the wine company, chatting with Marco about his inspirations for the menu, and even getting to thank Manuel for hosting such an intimate, entertaining, delicious evening, from the pan-seared scallops with apricot glaze and pineapple-mango salsa (paired with a light and fresh 2008 Hermanos Villar "ipsum") to the aforementioned mousse (paired with a thick, sweet 2004 Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell).
After dinner, we couldn't help but pick up a couple bottles of 2007 Vinos Sin Ley "G5" (paired with oysters baked with chorizo sausage and cilantro cream sauce) and 2004 Bodegas Vina Magana (paired with chicken in a bacon roja sauce over saffron rice). Bella!

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Blogger paul said...

This looks like a great gift idea.

December 18, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

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